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Daily Devotion – April 16, 2018
04.16.18

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.  Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest family.  They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.  Jesus is

“the stone you builders rejected,

which has become the cornerstone.”

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”  Acts 4:5-12

Reflection by Matthew Alexander

The power of the resurrection continues on in this passage.  Through the name of Christ, Peter and John continue the healing of the lame and sick that Christ began.  Those who thought, such as the chief priests, that Christ’s crucifixion would be the end of his message were wrong.   The chief priests were wrong when they assumed that Christ would die and go away.  They were wrong when they thought they would get ruling power of the people again.  They were wrong when they thought things would go back to the way things were again.   They were wrong in their disbelief of the resurrection.

A new foundation has been laid.  The work that Christ started was only the cornerstone of the things to come.  No longer will the chief priest determine who is righteous but through the name of Christ people will be saved.  For those who do not believe that death is the end, but believe that resurrection is real salvation will be theirs.  They will be filled with the Holy Spirit just as Christ promised and be given the same authority that was given to Peter and John to heal others.

May we continue to embrace our belief in the resurrection.  May we take the opportunity of the season of spring to note the world around us and its resurrection into new life.  With this hope, may we spread the message that Christ is not dead but very much alive!

Prayer:

Almighty God, help us to understand that resurrection is the reversal of what was thought to be true in our lives.  Fill our hearts with the fire of your Holy Spirit so that we can bring the good news of healing and new life to all.  Amen.



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