“They lifted up their voices … and said”
The disciples of Jesus, now called apostles, have been transformed! They are full and overflowing with faith, they have clearness of vision! We are reading of this today in Acts 3 and 4. The “rulers, elders and scribes” in Jerusalem are perplexed, their authority and prestige is being severely challenged. In contrast the disciples are now full of faith and conviction.
“leaping up … and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God” (3:8)
“Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family”.
They are challenged,
“By what power or by what name did you do this?” (4:6,7).
What a contrast to their state of mind at the arrest of Jesus! What an even greater contrast will occur when Jesus returns. Peter with all boldness or any hesitation, declares,
“there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (verse 12).
And that is still the same today.
But for so many today life is so interesting – even exciting! The vital need to respond to “the name” is not high in their priorities in life, if it is of interest at all! Peter and John are released, as the authorities found
“no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God …” (verse 21),
so they returned
“and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, ‘Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything …’” (verses 23,24).
The believers had become even more conscious of the unlimited nature of the Divine presence and power in creation. And that must become more and more our consciousness too! It is the foundation focus of our minds in being ready to welcome, in the fullness of faith, the return of our Lord – as at that time we will witness the greatest drama our world has ever seen. May it be said of us then,
“they lifted up their voices …”
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