Acts 4:16-22 NIV
“What are we going to do with these men?” they asked. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. For the man who was miraculously healed was over forty years old.
Reflection. Yesterday we read of a man healed in Jesus's name and the man's response. Today we hear of Apostles on trial before the equivalent of the Law Lords. Peter and John made it clear, no matter what came their way, that they 'cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard.'
What do we take from that? Jesus has made the difference in our lives. We have seen and heard. We know and we are known. What will keep us from finding one...Just one.? By way of comparison, have a look at the number who believed on the day of Peter and John's arrest - see Acts 4:4. It causes rejoicing. We can manage one, can't we?
Prayer. Lord Jesus, send your Holy Spirit to embolden us to witness to you. Amen.