Holy Boldness Continued

The trial of the Apostles begins (Acts 5).  They are brought before the Sanhedrin and the high priest questions them.  His opening question, “We gave you strict orders did we not to stop teaching the that name.”  He cannot even say the name of Jesus.  He was part of Jesus’ trial and they knew He was innocent and yet they had him crucified and their anger has not stopped.  He goes on, “yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”

Peter, who is never one to back down, starts his defense.  No other attorney is needed.  “We must obey God rather than men.  The God our ancestors raised Jesus, though you killed him by hanging him on a tree, God exalted him at his right hand.  He is leader and savior and gives Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.  We are eye witnesses of these things.

The Sanhedrin become so infuriated with them that they want to kill them.

John 3:  Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life but the wrath of God remains on him.  We all want life.  We all can believe on the Son of God who give us eternal life or we can be blind and let our anger and wrath keep us from believing the truth.

Author: Karen Epp

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