During their inquisition Peter and John boldly proclaim the gospel and in so doing "astonish" these educated leaders. The disciples' boldness and apparent authority are so shocking that the Sanhedrin withdraw into closed quarters to discuss the plan for dealing with these men. For fear of losing control and favor among the Israelites decide to order the apostles to cease their proclamations altogether.
Peter's response to this demand stands for itself, he says to the Sanhedrin, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard."
I was challenged by this and I want to point out two things about this:
- What they had to say they understood as fact
- We should have a similar sense of urgency in sharing God with others
Sometimes I find myself focusing more on philosophical discussions about the existence of God and deeply logical explanations of the Bible's authenticity rather than simply stating the facts. The facts:
- The Bible is a book comprised of many literary works
- These literary works describe a man named Jesus
- Jesus claimed to be God and brought a message of grace and reconciliation
- Jesus's closest friends saw him die and live again
- Reconciliation and grace can be ours
The Bible contains a portion of the works and teachings of Jesus (John says that if everything were written down the world's books couldn't contain it). The teachings recorded are so radical and unlike anything else that they seem crazy but the facts are:
- Since my dad didn't exasperate me I know he loves me (Ephesians)
- I obeyed the authorities and got good grades (Romans)
- My brother and sister understand grace and forgiveness so they still love me (Gospels)
Share the facts and let those who hear deal with it.