May 20, 2018
Acts 4:13-14Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
When we read the previous chapter and verses, we see the amazing, miraculous truth and testimony of the power of Jesus Christ in the lives of ordinary men. Remember how God had used Peter and John in the healing of the crippled man and then given them the boldness to preach the truth of the gospel to all who came together to see how such a miracle could be possible. It is a beautiful story of the grace and mercy of God! We see that none of the wonderful things which happened here were a result of the ways nor the wisdom of men. It all came about simply because these men “had been with Jesus.”
They had been with Jesus in His teaching.
Matt 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
What better teacher could anyone ever have, than the One who is the source of all wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
They had been with Jesus in His truth.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
They had been there in the toughness of His truth.
Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
And in the tenderness of His truth.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
They had been there with Him in His testings and trials.
Luke 6:7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
How perfectly our Saviour handled each question and confrontation always manifesting God’s righteousness, truth and love.
Mark 6:2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?
They had been with Jesus in His triumph!
Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
What a difference walking and talking with the Lord Jesus had made in the lives of these common fisherman! Yes, these were clearly men specially chosen of the Lord, to accomplish His will at that time, as His apostles. But God is still working in the lives of men and women, boys and girls in this day. Jesus Christ left a precious and powerful promise to every believer!
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Lord, help us to learn of you as the Holy Ghost teaches us from your word and use us to bring you glory and honour and praise!