February 18, 2018
Read Acts 5:17-42
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Scripture- Acts 5:40-42- The others accepted his advice. They called in the apostles and had them flogged. Then they ordered them never again to speak in the name of Jesus, and they let them go. The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”
Observations- Again the religious officials attempted to silence the followers of Jesus from speaking in His name. Of course, they immediately paid no attention to their warnings and kept sharing the truth of the Good News. The religious leaders hoped that this fledgling movement would soon enough dry up and go away as so many other movements had once their leader was dead.
Application- Crucifixion wasn't an uncommon Roman practice, but it was mainly reserved for perceived "enemies of the state." Approximately 600 others died on a cross over a period of 100 years with some followers hailing each one as the "Messiah," but only one group of followers never gave up believing their leader was the Messiah. No other leader, however, had followers who experienced the reality of the resurrection. The movement is alive today, because our Savior lives, and that's why we won't, we can't, be silent about Who He is and what He means to us.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for the witness of the early church, for all of the faithful followers who refused to be silenced when it came to proclaiming the truth of Who Jesus was and they way He transformed their lives. Give us a portion of the holy boldness of these first century witnesses of the resurrection. Help us be Your voices in this generation for Your glory and the salvation of many people You love so much. Amen.
"For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes-the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It's through faith that a righteous person has life.” (Romans 1:16-17),
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