He Said, You Said, God Said

In arguments, there is often an element of he or she said this, and I said that.  Tit for tat arguing backwards and forward.  Sometimes it helps if someone steps in and says,

well I say…

A voice of authority, of reason, of sense

Acts 5:27-32

27 When the apostles were brought before the council, the high priest said to them, 28 “We told you plainly not to teach in the name of Jesus. But look what you have done! You have been teaching all over Jerusalem, and you are trying to blame us for his death.”

29 Peter and the apostles replied:

We don’t obey people. We obey God. 30 You killed Jesus by nailing him to a cross. But the God our ancestors worshipped raised him to life 31 and made him our Leader and Saviour. Then God gave him a place at his right side,so that the people of Israel would turn back to him and be forgiven. 32 We are here to tell you about all this, and so is the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to everyone who obeys God.

The apostles are excited, they want to tell everyone about Jesus.  People were coming to faith, others were being healed.  And what happens?  The Pharisees become jealous (5:17).  They are the ones who look after religion round here.  so they have the apostles put in jail – yet at night, an angel opened the doors and led them out.  From there they went out more enthused to tell everyone about all that was available to them in God.

So what did they do?  Pretty much the same as they did with Jesus – bring them before the council.  Try and find a charge for them.  We told you not to do this, but you’ve done it anyway, you’re trying to blame us for killing Jesus.  But amongst the arguing, one thing becomes clear:

Peter replies that they don’t take their orders from people, but from God.

They are here to tell God’s message and that is what they are going to do.  Easter Sunday might be over – but the message and shouting about it goes on.

This is Peter who had denied he knew Jesus – now he is spending his life telling people all about Him.  Nothing and no one are going to shut him up.

What about us?

Thank you God that there is something to shout about,
a gospel to proclaim.
That you were nailed to the cross –
but raised again.
Thank you that is not just a historical event,
but a reality that has meaning in our lives day by day.
That you offer forgiveness,
new life,
hope
and peace
– for each and every person.

So Lord
may I tell your message.
May nothing and no one stop me.
I have a gospel to proclaim
– your gospel
of love and forgiveness

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