Guilty…of kindness

Acts 4:1-12

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. And they laid hands on them, and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.

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.”

The current religious leaders are disturbed…the teaching, healing, power of God continues in their temple in spite of their efforts to prevent it.  So out of touch with the Spirit of God are they; so embedded in men’s teachings and traditions, that they cannot hear God’s voice or see His love and concern.  They are actively denying ‘the stone…’ and the one who brings life.  We would do well to take heed.  Remember, “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”  Saved from what?  Our selves, our closed minds, our selfish thinking and ways, our traditions based upon mankind’s teachings, the consequences of our sin.  “Many of those who heard the word (the message) believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.”  When people hear the message of God, delivered by faithful men and women of God, they respond as God gives the increase.  Let us be found faithful to spread the Word of God, let us be found empowered by the Holy Spirit, let us be found willing to be found guilty of doing acts of kindness. What could be more kind than to be a part of someone else finding that blessed salvation?

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