Peter and John have been arrested for preaching about Jesus in the temple. Now the council that condemned Jesus gathers to question them. “And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, ‘By what power or what name did you do this?’”(Acts 4:7). Note that there is no denial of the miracle which has been performed, but only a curiosity as to what name and message are attached to it. Peter speaks by the Holy Spirit: “If we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 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”(Acts 4:9-10). It is amazing to think that this is the same man who cowered in fear in the courtyard as the council met a few weeks ago. Now he boldly confesses Jesus.
He has more to say about Jesus: “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven give among men by which we must be saved”(Acts 4:11-12). Peter cites the prophecy (Psalm 118:22) which foretells homebuilders rejecting a stone as unfit, only to see the stone become the most important stone in the house. These men have rejected Jesus, yet God has made him the most important part of his plan to bring salvation to mankind. They are on the wrong side of God—and this healing is proof.
Long before Jesus was born, God spoke of the time when he would advance his plan despite many people’s opposition. The rejection of people does not stop God. As his people, we must be prepared to face rejection from others, knowing that God will continue his work despite—and sometimes through—their opposition.
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