“Now when they saw the boldness and unfettered eloquence of Peter and John and perceived they were unlearned and untrained in the schools (common men with no educational advantages) they marveled; and they recognized that they had been with Jesus. And since they saw the man who had been cured standing there beside them, they could not contradict the fact or any anything in opposition.” Acts 4:13-14
What really stuck out to me here was that people recognized that they had been with Jesus. It was because of what was coming out of their mouths and the way they lived their lives – people recognized that something was different about them, because of the way they spoke, the confidence they had and the miracles that were being done. Miracles, signs and wonders will follow the preaching of the Gospel – people could not deny, contradict or oppose the very fact that a miracle had just happened. A man, lame from birth was told to get up and walk in the name of Jesus and he got up and walked. Pure and simple confidence in the healing power of God because of His love for us and because of the price that Jesus paid on the cross. John and Peter were ordinary men, nothing in the natural was special about them – but they had walked with Jesus – they had been with Jesus and in the same manner in which Jesus was, so were they. They caught the anointing, it was not taught to them. The religious people in chapter 4 were upset that John and Peter were preaching “Jesus” in the temple and that is why arrested and thrown into jail because of them preaching truth and not giving into the religious leaders. Because of their boldness to preach the Gospel about 5,000 people came to salvation.
Just like John and Peter, I want people to recognize that I have been with Jesus. There is “stereotype” of what a Christian is – but I do not want to live a normal Christian life, or to have a casual Christian life style. I do not want the title of “Christian” unless people can recognize that I have walked with Jesus. Jesus set the standard of what being a child of God looks like and then the Apostles set the standard of what being a follow and believer in Jesus looks like. Their lives are our template or our blue print in which to have a standard of how people will recognize that we have been with Jesus. Clearly, Jesus has already ascended into heaven so I cannot physically walk with Him, but that is why we have been given the Holy Spirit. Jesus was the written Word that became flesh and dwelt among us and faith comes by hearing and hearing the word of God. So when we hear the word of God and then act on the word of God we are being hearers and doers of the Word. By acting on the word and living out what the word says, people will then see and recognize that we have been with Jesus. When we spend time in His presence in Worship, magnifying His name, lifting Him up, declaring the Word, reading the word and praying in the Holy Spirit we are glorying Him and therefore He will be glorified through our lives. Can people say about you ” We recognize that you have walked with Jesus”?
Father in the mighty name of Jesus I am so grateful for your written Word to us – your Word is alive, living and sharper than any double edged sword and it divides our soul from our spirit. Holy Spirit minister to our hearts, help us to not to become weary in well doing, too comfortable, complacent and to never give excuses, but to take responsibility for our personal relationship with you. Your Word renews our minds, which brings illumination and revelation to our hearts, which brings heart transformation which will produce behavior modification. In the same way in which John and Peter were used by you, not because of their experience, knowledge, schooling or who they knew but simply because they had walked with Jesus I want people to recognize in me that I have walked with you too. I thank you Lord for your love for people and your love and compassion that compels me to be who you have called me to be. Stir a hunger in my heart for your word and your presence and empower me with your grace to proclaim your Gospel where ever I go. Help me to reveal Jesus, in Your mighty name…Amen, so be it!!