They had nothing to say

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    Peter and John had just healed a lame man. The man was lame from birth and everyone around there knew him as the lame man. You would think that this would be an exciting day for all who knew the lame man, however it was not. Peter and John were arrested and questioned regarding the incident. By what authority were they healing? Who gave them the power? These questions could have been asked and answered in a very calm and non confrontational way if these Jews were really seeking truth, however they were not. They simply wanted to stop Peter and John from teaching truth at all costs. Peter’s answer while on trial and some of the events following are recorded below.

    Acts 4:9-14 says, “if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, [10] let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. [11] This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. [12] And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” [13] Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. [14] But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition.

    Peter and John were bold. They accused these Jews of crucifying Christ. They accused them of rejecting the Messiah. The Jews no doubt hated Peter and John for this truth, but they couldn’t say anything because of the great and amazing fact that they had healed the lame man.

    Many will go to great lengths to reject Christ. They want to hold on to false beliefs or traditions instead of submitting to God’s will. When plain truth is right in front of us, let us change and receive His salvation instead of fighting against truth and persecuting the messengers.