What A Man Says
Posted: October 31, 2020
Author: Christopher Brock
Acts 4:1-2, NIV
“The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.”
With everything that is going on the world today there has never been a time in which the gospel of Jesus Christ is more needed. There are so many people who are hopeless, living in fear and feeling abandoned. It seems as tough as each year, month and sometimes even days pass things get worse and worse. Yet, what happens when the people of the Lord begin to tell of the good news of Jesus? It is sad to say but the truth is, they are mocked, persecuted and in some instances endure violence.
Is this something new? The truth is that this treatment is not, and in fact, this has been going on since the time that the church began. We see the evidence in scripture as we read about Peter and John preaching about the good news of Jesus. The religious leaders of the day heard their message and they were not happy. On this particular day, it ended with Peter and John being thrown into prison. If you are a believer in Jesus today and you have a passion to go and proclaim the good news to those around you, can you relate to this treatment?
As we continue to move forward and experience this world something that is for certain is that this world will resist us. It does not want the good news of Christ to be spread. It will come against us with every kind of discouragement and difficulty that it can come up with. Yet what we have to remember is that no matter what happens or how difficult the situation may be, the Spirit of God cannot be stopped. The work of Jesus Christ is already complete and the victory, the final victory I already secured. We can go out with confidence to declare the love, acceptance and forgiveness that is available through Jesus and teach people to repent and turn from the ways of this world. Do not be discouraged by what you see or what you experience. Continue to go out and fight the good fight for the Kingdom of the Lord!