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THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL
1AND WHILE they [Peter and John] were talking to the people, the high priests and the military commander of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them,
2Being vexed and indignant through and through because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in [the case of] Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
3So they laid hands on them (arrested them) and put them in prison until the following day, for it was already evening.
4But many of those who heard the message believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on Jesus as the Christ). And their number grew and came to about 5,000.
Peter and John had just finished preaching and teaching about Jesus and now comes the backlash.
The apostles have had success after success, but now the Jewish authorities were getting worried.
You know when ever the gospel is powerfully preached in it's purest form, the religious authorities, will always start to cause problems. The established order, will never like it's position upset and will seek to wreck the true preaching of the Gospel.
We need to be aware that opposition, will come. Look at verse 2.
The temple authorities and the High Priest, were furious, that these things were happening. I expect, their thinking, was that they had got rid of Jesus, and now here were the Apostles, proclaiming the truth about Jesus. Note what it was that was making them angry.
It was the preaching that Jesus was risen from the Dead. This is what makes the difference.. in every other religion.. their prophets are dead.. but in Christianity.. Jesus is alive.. Amen.
Note that the Opposition, did not stop the spread of the Gospel. Even more people than the day of Pentecost, were saved and transformed by the Power of God.
We need to realise that the Gospel, will upset the established order, but that must never stop us preaching, Christ Crucified and Risen again... Amen.
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