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The officials were amazed to see how brave Peter and John were, and they knew that these two apostles were only ordinary men and not well educated. The officials were certain that these men had been with Jesus. But they could not deny what had happened. The man who had been healed was standing there with the apostles. The officials commanded them to leave the council room. Then the officials said to each other, "What can we do with these men? Everyone in Jerusalem knows about this miracle, and we cannot say it didn't happen. But to keep this thing from spreading, we will warn them never again to speak to anyone about the name of Jesus." So they called the two apostles back in and told them that they must never, for any reason, teach anything about the name of Jesus. Peter and John answered, "Do you think God wants us to obey you or to obey him? We cannot keep quiet about what we have seen and heard."
Acts 4: 13 - 20
Peter and John were able to stand up against the leaders who wanted them to be silent and teach no more about Jesus. Their strength came from the fact that God had told them to tell about Jesus and they had seen Jesus and heard His Words themselves!
It is enough to obey the Lord because of the Word that has been written in the Scriptures. But when you see Jesus and hear His Voice, then you can stand against every threat with even greater boldness! So the question is: Can we see and hear Jesus today? The answer to that question is definitely yes! The Bible says that the Holy Spirit is like the wind. You cannot see the wind, but you see the trees fall down as it passes and you see the aftermath of the storm! You cannot see the physical Body of Jesus today, but you can see the results of His passing by!
When Jesus is near, you see the hearts of men melt as they are touched by the Love of God through His many blessings! When Jesus passes by, you see men and women who were lost and desperate come to their senses and find New Life in Him! You see Jesus in the life of a child who has not yet sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God!
And when the Holy Spirit speaks Words of encouragement and direction to your life, you hear the voice of Jesus. And then you too, like Peter and John will not be able to keep quiet about what you have seen and heard!
"Lord Jesus, help me to be obedient to Your every Word and give me eyes to see You around me every day and ears to hear Your voice! Praise Your Holy Name now and forever. Amen."