Jesus has ascended to sit at the right hand of God. The power of the Holy Spirit has descended on the disciples. Miracles are happening. The religious leaders are beside themselves. They are arresting people and trying to figure out a way to put a lid on all of this.
There is big news for the religious leaders. The testimony of Peter and John isn’t going to go away. These men and women are only going to get bolder.
Their message to the leaders is “Whether it’s right in God’s eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. As for us, there’s no question—we can’t keep quiet about what we’ve seen and heard.”
And that is my mission as well. God has a goal for me. It is to listen to Him and His son Jesus. I must speak up about what I’ve seen and heard.
They sent them out of the room so they could work out a plan. They talked it over: “What can we do with these men? By now it’s known all over town that a miracle has occurred, and that they are behind it. There is no way we can refute that. But so that it doesn’t go any further, let’s silence them with threats so they won’t dare to use Jesus’ name ever again with anyone.”
They called them back and warned them that they were on no account ever again to speak or teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John spoke right back, “Whether it’s right in God’s eyes to listen to you rather than to God, you decide. As for us, there’s no question—we can’t keep quiet about what we’ve seen and heard.”
The religious leaders renewed their threats, but then released them. They couldn’t come up with a charge that would stick, that would keep them in jail. The people wouldn’t have stood for it—they were all praising God over what had happened. The man who had been miraculously healed was over forty years old.
Source: Acts 4:15-22