7 They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9 If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is
“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.14 But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
In this passage of scripture Peter and John have been arrested by the Priest of the temple for healing a lame man at the gate called Beautiful in the name of Jesus. The great thing is many believed after seeing this miracle and that was why they were arrested. The Jewish leaders were not happy that more people were putting their faith in Jesus through the apostles teaching.
When Peter and John are questioned about the incident Peter is “filled with the Holy Spirit” and preached the gospel! He tells them that there is no other name greater than Jesus and He is the only one who can save us from sin.
I love the response of the Priests, because it was the boldness of Peter that they were shocked at. They were average men filled with excitement, boldness and wisdom that can only come from true belief in Jesus and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
I question myself when I look at this passage because I think of all the times I have been asked about my faith. How much excitement and boldness do I express when I talk about my faith in Jesus? I think we can avoid and be apologetic for our faith at times and this doesn’t send a great message of the hope, grace, power and peace we have found in Christ.
What if we sought out opportunities to share our faith knowing that when we do the Holy Spirit will empower us to witness. Wouldn’t it be great if people were shocked at our excitement, passion, wisdom, boldness, grace and love that we have in our lives and want to know the one we proclaim to be Lord and the giver of all those gifts.
Lord I pray for boldness to share the gospel with passion empowered by your Holy Spirit. Lord may people see the love and grace You have poured out on me in the way that I love them and may you empower me to share the truth of you word and transforming power of your Holy Spirit. Lord I thank you for the opportunity to share your truth and thank you that you desire to work in and through me for my good and the good of others.
In Jesus name, Amen