“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.”
Peter and John had healed a man lame from birth, there was no denying it by anyone, not even the Sanhedrin. John and Peter, though they believed Jesus was who He claimed to be when he was alive, still had doubts until they spent some more time with Him after He overcame death to live again. Now their faith, their belief, was complete, 100%, unshakable. They could not be denied. Even though the religious leaders of the time begged them to shut up, they challenged them with a resounding NO! v19 “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him?”
To be so bold, so confident. Does that describe your faith? Our are you cowed into silence? Which of us hasn’t seen the hand of God in our life, directly, unmistakably, undeniably? Yet we doubt what we have seen, and look for plausible explanations. Or maybe we simply remain silent to not ruffle any feathers. Why? Do we not believe what we have seen? Do we still doubt?
Peter and John were bold, unintimidated, believers. BELIEVERS! I’d like to be too if I can ever get up enough faith. I’ve seen, I believe, I need to act like I do. That takes unshakeable belief in what I’ve seen, what I know. Still, to many times I remain silent.
Share the Good News like we’re called to. Don’t let the world shake what you know is true, because you’ve seen the truth, experienced it, been transformed by it. Don’t minimize that reality for the sake of something that the world tries to foist on you. Know what you know.