“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”
They were thought to be unlearned and ignorant men, but thankfully that’s exactly the kind of people that God specializes in using.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
“For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.”
It was noticeable to the people that Peter and John had been with Jesus. Their boldness allowed others to see Jesus in them. Can the same thing be said of us? Can people tell that we have spent time in His presence? Is it noticeable to those around us that we have been with Jesus? It's a humbling thought if we are truthful.
The people also noticed the change in the man that was healed, and could not refute it. These were rulers, elders, scribes, the high priest and others. None of them could disprove what had taken place.
“And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.”
Do we live our lives in such a way that those around us cannot refute what Christ has done in us? May we be noticeable Christians making Him known!
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.”
They could not deny that a noticeable miracle had taken place!
“But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it.”
If we are saved by the Blood of Jesus Christ, a miracle has also taken place in our lives just as it did in the life of the healed man that day. God desires to make us noticeable Christians so that others will see His Light shine through us!
Jeremiah 7-8 | John 14 | Psalm 79
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