What We Have Seen and Heard


Daily Bible Reading – Exodus 21,22; Psalm 12; Acts 4

Today’s Key Passage – Acts 4:1-20

 

The rulers, elders, and teachers of the law in Jerusalem found themselves in a difficult position.  When Jesus was crucified, they likely hoped that would be the end and they would not have to deal with Him anymore.  Now they were faced with His followers who were preaching, teaching, and healing in His name.  What were they to do?  They tried to quiet the storm but putting Peter and John in prison, and they tried to quiet it even more by telling them not to teach in the name of Jesus, but Peter and John refused to be quieted.  Notice what Peter and John said when they were told not to preach in Jesus’ name – they said, “we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard”.

I have heard it argued many times over the years by nonbelievers that the resurrection of Christ was a myth.  People claim that Jesus was a good man but was not the Son of God and was not resurrected on the third day.  The argument is that the early Christians (people like Peter and John) simply made up the story of the resurrection to give weight to the religion.  When I was first starting to investigate Christianity, I admit that I considered this possibility, but I quickly dismissed it as ridiculous.  The fact is that most of these early Christians were persecuted, tortured, imprisoned, and sometimes even killed for preaching in Jesus’ name and for sharing the Gospel.  When faced with immediate death, most people would be willing to say their true stories were a lie if it meant saving themselves, so it is simply not feasible that anyone would willingly allow themselves to be tortured or executed to protect a lie.  If the early Christians did not know for a fact that Christ’s resurrection was true, the “myth” would have died off as soon as the torture, imprisonment, and executions began.  The fact is, these early Christians spoke about the resurrection and preached the Gospel because THEY HAD TO.  They had no choice but to talk about what Christ had done for them because of everything they had SEEN and HEARD.  They witnessed the events firsthand, and there was no way they were not going to talk about them.

When we share the Gospel with others, we should do it with this same mindset.  For most of us, we can often find excuses for why we do not share the Gospel with more people.  We might think that the “timing was not right” or that the “opportunity just never came up”.  In reality, these are just our own rationalizations that make us feel better for not sharing the love of Christ with others.  When we focus on the things He has done in our lives – the things He has done for us, the ways He has changed us, and the prayers He has answered – we will find that we too cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on January 28, 2014, in 05 - Acts and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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