Summary: What the world needs is…..More people who have been with Jesus!!
Acts 4:5-14 (quickview) -And it came to pass, on the next day, that their rulers, elders, and scribes, as well as Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the family of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem.
And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, “By what power or by what name have you done this?”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.
These religious leaders were use to get their way, having people do as they said, no nobody questioned them, the last one who stood up to them, they crucified Him.
By Him (Jesus) This Man Stands Here Before You Whole
The one who was healed, couldn’t even enjoy going home sharing with his family, this wonderful miracle, because they put him in custody right along with Peter and John.
Not everybody is going to be happy when God blesses you!
Not everyone is going to like the fact that you’re a Christian!
Not everyone is going to like that you have joy, peace, love…and so on!
There are people in this world that miserable and they want everyone else to be miserable!
John 12:9-11 (quickview) -Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.
Acts 4:1-2 (quickview) -Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
You would think of all people, the religious leaders would be happy that people are coming to God, that people are being healed, but no, it made them mad!
Stone Which Was Rejected By You Builders-We are all building something!
Some people are building a fortune!
Some people are building a career!
Some people are building a reputation!
Some people are building family!
Some people are building a resume!
Some people are building a portfolio!
These religious leaders were building a religion and not a relationship with God!