No Other Name
1As they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to them, 2being greatly disturbed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3And they laid hands on them and put them in jail until the next day, for it was already evening. 4But many of those who had heard the message believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.
5On the next day, their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem; 6and Annas the high priest was there, and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of high-priestly descent. 7When they had placed them in the center, they began to inquire, “By what power, or in what name, have you done this?” 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of the people, 9if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, 10let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief cornerstone. 12And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
13Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. 14And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in reply. 15But when they had ordered them to leave the Council, they began to confer with one another, 16saying, “What shall we do with these men? For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is apparent to all who live in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17But so that it will not spread any further among the people, let us warn them to speak no longer to any man in this name.” 18And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; 20for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” 21When they had threatened them further, they let them go (finding no basis on which to punish them) on account of the people, because they were all glorifying God for what had happened; 22for the man was more than forty years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.
Jesus is central to…
- Struggling things (v. 4:1-4)
- Overwhelming things (v. 4:5-8)
- Mattering things (v. 4:9-12)
- Trifling things (v. 4:13)
- Changing things (v. 4:14-21)
- How do you see Jesus at the center of the story and why do you think that creates such a strong reaction from the religious leaders? How do the events that Peter and John endure (roughed up and jailed for the Gospel) contrast or relate to your story? How can you pray for the persecuted church today?
- How does your heart respond when rulers and authorities act in ways that are not Christlike? How does his response show hope and opportunity for forgiveness towards his accusers? How do you respond when wrongly accused?
- Peter’s response is to point others to Jesus, how are you pointing others around you to Christ? Where/who do you think that Jesus would like to make a difference through you? How can you grow in praying for opportunities this next week?
- How do you see the miracle of the healed man making much of Jesus? Where are the miracles in or around your life bringing glory to Jesus?