Summary: 1) Arrest for the Redeemer (Acts 4:1-4), 2) Accusation for the Redeemer (Acts 4:5-7), 3) Apologetic for the Redeemer (Acts 4:8-13)
"Resurrected Redeemer" Acts 4:1-13 (p.911)
Everton Community Church September 16, 2012.
Conflict began this week with an attack that killed four Americans in Libya, including the U.S. ambassador. It was an organized two-part operation by heavily armed militants that included a precisely timed raid on a supposedly secret safe house just as Libyan and U.S. security forces were arriving to rescue evacuated consulate staff, a senior Libyan security official said on Thursday. El-Sharef, eastern Libya’s deputy interior minister, said the attacks Tuesday night were suspected to have been timed to mark the 9-11 anniversary and that the militants used civilians protesting an anti-Islam film as cover for their action. Infiltrators within the security forces may have tipped off militants to the safe house location, he said. He said an unspecified number of militants suspected of taking part in the attack have been arrested and that others were being closely monitored by police to see whether they are linked to a group. Now anti-U.S. protests have spread to 20 countries as outraged Muslims storm embassies in places from Tunisia to Sudan. (http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/09/13/libya-makes-arrests-over-deadly-benghazi-attack-that-killed-u-s-ambassador-official/)
In the midst of being called to account for the events in their midst, Peter and John in Acts 4 respond to the charges. Standing before political and religious leaders, these unlearned, uneducated fishermen, filled with the Holy Spirit, boldly proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ and the resurrection. Instead of apoligizing for offending their audience, they put the blame for the death of Jesus squarely on the sholders of the political and religious leaders. Instead of avoiding confrontation, trying to overthow the powers with physical force or just give them an answer they want to hear, their response is direct and truthful.
An undeniable sign of the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit is boldness. It’s the inner delight of a liberated person expressed in daring. In the midst of human impotence and the timidity of institutionalized religion, the great need today is for boldness in loving, forgiving, speaking the truth in love, and obedience to the strategy of God revealed to us in prayer. (Ogilvie, L. J., & Ogilvie, L. J. (1983). Vol. 28: Acts. The Preacher’s Commentary Series (87–88). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc.).
The apostles had a holy boldness. They were possessed by a great affection, a passion motivated by their experience of Jesus, His Resurrection, and His return in power in the Holy Spirit. Thousands had responded to their preaching of the gospel; a lame man had been healed; and nothing was impossible now. In boldly proclaiming the message of the "Resurrected Redeemer", Peter and John fearlessly showed who He is as seen through the: 1) Arrest for the Redeemer (Acts 4:1-4), 2) Accusation for the Redeemer (Acts 4:5-7), 3) Apologetic for the Redeemer (Acts 4:8-13)
1) Arrest for the Redeemer (Acts 4:1-4)