Daily Devotion on Acts 4:8-12
Text: Acts 4:8-12
Now it was real.
Before, Jesus had taught his disciples about what would happen to them because of him and his name. He told them that they would be his witnesses to the ends of the earth. He told them that they would be hated because of him. He told them that they would be handed over to rulers and authorities–and much worse–because of him.
Now Peter and John were under arrest of the Sanhedrin, perhaps eerily familiar to what happened to their beloved Teacher not too long before. They were experiencing exactly what Jesus had foretold.
But Peter and John did not back down. How could they refuse to talk about Jesus? How could they obey men rather than God? They couldn’t and they wouldn’t.
Why? Why be so resilient? Why ignore the threat of prison, torture, or death? Why?
Peter gives us the only reason that matters: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.
Peter and John had their lives changed because they came to know salvation through Jesus. They also knew that other people had to know about this too, for there is no other way of salvation except through Jesus alone!
So today, we Christians also are persecuted. Perhaps not in America at the same level as the early disciples were, or even as other Christians around the globe are persecuted.
But regardless of how much we are persecuted now or in the future, we will not back down!
God has worked in our hearts faith to know and believe salvation through Jesus. That faith is so empowering that we also can’t help but share what we have seen and heard. Other people need to know about Jesus to.
So dear Christian, Preach! Preach Christ crucified and risen! For we must obey God rather than men!
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Lord of the Church, fill me with your Holy Spirit and embolden me to profess your saving name now and always. I pray in your name. Amen.
Posted on April 16, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged Acts, Acts 4, Church, Daily Devotions, Evangelism, Holy Spirit, John, Persecution, Peter, Preach, Salvation, Sanhedrin, School. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.