Go to Bat for Jesus!
Acts 5:17-21 New International Version (NIV)
The Apostles Persecuted
17 Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. 18 They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. 20 “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life.”
21 At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people.
When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin—the full assembly of the elders of Israel—and sent to the jail for the apostles.
Monday - April 20 - Read Acts 5:17-21
If you showed up at Flanagan High School and started teaching math outside
to the kids as they arrived each day the school administrators would
probably not be too happy (just a silly illustration!). Why? Because you do
not have the proper authority and qualifications. Why do you think you are
better qualified than the educated and certified faculty? In a way, this is how
the leaders of the Jewish Temple felt about the preaching and teaching of
the Apostles after Jesus ascended into heaven. Who do these common
fishermen think they are? But the proclamation of God’s salvation in and
through the death and resurrection of Jesus will not be stopped. Even when
circumstances seem to threaten the preaching of the Gospel God still makes
a way. Ask God to help you speak “the words of this life” in Christ today,
instead of words of jealousy, worry, anxiety, or fear. You are qualified for this
because Jesus anointed you by baptism into his death and resurrection.