Tough To Deny A Miracle
This past Sunday morning I spoke at White Bluff Chapel near Whitney, Texas, about Jesus’ command for us to be his witnesses beginning in our home town, spreading to our surrounding areas, crossing racial barriers, and finally to be involved in reaching people groups in the remotest places (Acts 1:8). After the service their mission leader enthusiastically showed me a map of the world with push pins where members of their church family were involved in obeying the Acts 1:8 imperative. There were pins not only in Texas but also all over Mexico, Peru and other South American countries, and even Kenya where Truth Encounter has connected with Bishop Zach and Bishop Sammy the last couple of summers.
White Bluff has a lot of retired folks, but these brothers and sisters obviously hadn’t retired from helping others encounter Jesus. During the message I asked them to raise their hand if they could think of something recently that Jesus had done in their lives. Then I said, “A witness is someone who simply tells others what they’ve experienced. This week as you connect with people will you be confident and share specific things Jesus has done for you?”
Before the Sanhedrin the Apostle Peter and John had exhibit A—the man who had been disabled in his feet and ankles for more than forty years--standing strong beside them. Check out how the Jerusalem Sanhedrin tried to handle this undeniable miracle.
“Now observing the boldness of Peter and John and knowing that they were unlettered and untrained men, they marveled. And they recognized that Peter and John had been with Jesus. The man who had been healed stood beside them. What could they say to refute Peter’s claims? So they ordered Peter, John, and the healed beggar to leave the Sanhedrin and conferred with one another. ‘What shall we do with these men? It’s clear to all living in Jerusalem that a remarkable sign has been done by them. We can’t deny it. But to keep it from spreading further among the people we’ll warn them not to speak in this name to anyone.’ Then they summoned them and commanded them not to proclaim or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Peter and John replied, ‘Is it right before God to listen to you rather than Him? You decide. For what we have seen and heard we can’t stop reporting.’
Threatening them further, they released them finding no grounds to punish them on account of the people who were all glorifying God over what had happened. For the man who experienced this sign of healing was more than forty years old.” Acts 4:13-22
LORD, continue to pour out your power upon my brothers and sisters at White Bluff Chapel. Help them this week to witness the power of Jesus in their lives as they share with others concrete things he is doing in their own lives. Use our witness to cause more and more people to join us in praising your Son.
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