Influenced by Jesus

Acts 4:8-13(NIV)

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

13 When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus

People are always being judged by their appearance, experience and their background.  When you speak, they will listen to what you say and how you say it and judge you based on that.  You see this all the time during job interviews, but the applicants are trying to put their best foot forward and will try to act or sound more impressive than what they can really do based on their experience.

Peter and John were not in Jerusalem to impress people.  They healed a man and the priests, the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees were greatly disturbed by what Peter and John had done and put them into jail until the next day. Peter spoke boldly the next day about Jesus and how he was crucified and was raised by God from the dead and that is the power behind the lame man being healed.  They saw that Peter and John were courageous and that they were unschooled, ordinary men, but took note that these men had been with Jesus. That is a great testimony that I would love to have, where others see my life and say that Jesus must have impacted my life.  There was no fear and no worry because of the influence that Jesus had in their lives.

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