“Amazing” is an overused word in advertising, on Facebook, and the internet. Everyone wants to get our attention.
“My breath was taken away when I saw …” is a phrase often used to pull us into a story or advertisement.
So in the midst of all the hyperbole and superlatives, our senses can become calloused to what really ought to “astonish” us.
But, notice the word “astonished” in this verse.
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.
Acts 4:13 ESV
The religious authorities had called Peter and John on the carpet. The interrogation insued. Why?
Five thousand people believed in Jesus the day before! That’s right, 5,000! Fifty groups of 100! The average church size in Arkansas is less than 100. Over fifty of these church buildings would be filled with new believers in one day!
God miraculously healed a crippled man. He was standing right there in front of them beside Peter and John.
The authorities must have been in a panic. This new movement around a crucified man was gaining traction. The authorities believed that getting rid of Jesus would have stopped it.
Peter boldly stood and proclaimed that Jesus is alive and he is the only way to know God!
Astonished they were! If we are to get the attention of our culture today, here are three things we can do that Peter and John did.
First, be bold. Be confident in the gospel of Jesus Christ, crucified for our sin, resurrected from the dead, ascended to heaven, living in us by His Spirit, coming back again, and whoever will believe in Him will be saved.
Second, make no excuses. Peter and John were common men of their day without the advanced education the authorities had received. Whatever your background, educational level, or past experiences, being “in Christ” makes all things new! Let nothing hold you back from being a witness.
Third, spend time with Jesus. They had been “with Jesus.” Spend time in prayer and in Scripture. Commune with Him in a daily quiet time. Meditate on His words in Scripture. Walk with Him each moment of each day.
Our Father, fill us with your Spirit to be bold Gospel witnesses.