February 1, 2024

Bob Maas
"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and is being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”"
Acts 4:8-12

The apostle Peter, who had denied that he knew Jesus three times before Christ was crucified, was now boldly proclaiming that Jesus had been raised from the dead by God. His boldness was because he was filled with the same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.

The same mighty strength that God exerted when He raised Christ from the dead and seated him at His right hand in the heavenly realms is the same power He has given us who believe. The glorious riches and hope that the early church possessed are the same blessings that we enjoy today.

Our message has not changed in two thousand years. The disciples stood alongside the mistreated, and today, we are being led by the same Spirit to follow their example. Their calling reaches down through history and challenges us to do likewise.