Sunday, November 28, 2010
Confronted, Disturbed, Arrested
Jesus created a sensation wherever he went. Even at his birth there was the star, the angels, the shepherds coming in off the fields, the "king" of Israel killing everyone under 2 years old to do him in.
In his ministry he did miracles and healed thousands of people. He cast out demons. But it was his teaching that created the most radical reaction.
Then the mock trial, the illegal beating, the crucifixtion. The earth went dark. The entire area was shaken. The curtain ripped in two from top to bottom, demonstrating that the holy of holies was accesible to men because of Jesus' death.
The resurrection! The massive stone was rolled back. The grave was empty, but the grave clothes were neither cut open or unrolled!! People saw him. He spoke. He did miracles.
Then the assention! He went up into the air before their eyes! Said he was coming back the same way.
The sensation did not end with his death or resurrection. Read today's story...
While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. 2 These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead. 3 They arrested them.
Let's see. Killing the leader didn't work. Maybe arresting the followers would...
1 "While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. 2 These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead. 3 They arrested them and, since it was already evening, put them in jail until morning. 4 But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of believers now totaled about 5,000 men, not counting women and children.[a]
5 The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other relatives of the high priest. 7 They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”
That is an excellent question!
Is what I believe, what I follow, how I live my life - an extraordinary power, with authority from on high?
Or is my life quiet?
My religion powerless?
My beliefs meaningless?
Do I quietly grumble that Christ is not present in government, in education, in culture?
By what power?
In whose name?