Summary: Can others tell that you have been with the King?
HAVE YOU BEEN WITH JESUS
How can you tell that you have been with Jesus?
13 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.
the Bible says that the people saw the boldness and the courage of Peter and John and took note that they had been with Jesus.
It had been almost two months since the crucifixion of Jesus, two months since God's dear Son, had been executed by the Roman soldiers.
In the eyes of many, Jesus was no more than a blimp on the screen of time; just another religious person who had come and gone.
Pilate washed his hands of him. The Pharisees were glad to get rid of him.
The people no longer cared because he was not the political Messiah they were hoping for.
5. Yet, when Peter and John came to town, it did not take long for the people to realize that “they had been with Jesus."
When you got around these men you could smell the aroma of Jesus; you could see the radiance of Jesus; you could feel the presence of Jesus.
Today FROM THE PASSAGE IN (ACTS 4),
WE WILL TAKE NOTE OF SOME OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN WITH JESUS.
I. THE FIRST CHARACTERISTIC OF SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN WITH JESUS IS—— COMPASSION.
Earlier in (Acts 3), Peter and John healed a man who had been lame for over forty years.
They took the time to show this man compassion.
You cannot help but be compassionate with people when you have been with Jesus, because Jesus was a man of compassion, and even today He wants to be compassionate through us.
I read the story one time of an orphanage who had a superintendent who would always pray with his children. When he would ask the blessing, he would bow his head with all the little children in this orphanage, and he would say, "Lord Jesus, we thank you for the food that you have provided. We want you to come and be our honored guest at this meal."
Well one little fellow had heard that prayer so many times, he finally said, "Why doesn't Jesus ever come? You always invite Him to be our guest. Will He ever come?"
This superintendent said, "Well, He will come if we really want him to." This little fellow said, "Well, I'm going to put a chair out for Him." He put a chair right next to his chair and said, "This chair is for Jesus if He comes."
Well that same day there was a knock at the door, and they went to the door and there was an old man in rags there who was hungry and shivering and cold. The superintendent said, "Sir, come in and share a meal with us. We'd be glad to have you. Just come in here and sit down and warm yourself. We even have a chair for you. Sit right here." He put the man in the chair that had been set aside for Jesus.
After this was over, the little fellow looked up at the superintendent and said, "I see it all so clearly now. Jesus couldn't come Himself, but he sent this man to take his place." You know Jesus said "If you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto Me."
When we show compassion to others, it is though we are showing it directly to Jesus.
A true mark of a person who has been with Jesus is a person who shows compassion.
II. THE SECOND CHARACTERISTIC OF SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN WITH JESUS IS—- COURAGE.
1. Back in (Acts 4), Peter and John were arrested for preaching the gospel.
“The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.
They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.
They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day” (1-3).
2. These guys were arrested for preaching that Jesus was raised from the dead.
3. Although the Scriptures say that to the Jews (the cross) was a stumbling block
and to the Greeks it was foolishness, it didn’t stop Peter and John from preaching.
They had the courage to speak the truth even though they were surrounded by opposition.
I want to tell you sometimes you have to speak the truth or you have to do the right thing even if the odds are against you