Peter and John Before the Council
And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they arrested them and
put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
5 On the next day their rulers
and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what
name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it
be known to all of you 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 is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the
builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
There is a lot to write about
in this passage, but I’m not going to write about all of it. The first question to ask is why were the Sadducees “greatly annoyed because at Peter and John? It is because “they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus
the resurrection from the dead.” The problem is that the Sadducees do not believe in the resurrection of the dead. It is like someone coming into our church teaching the “Left Behind” series of Revelation when the Bible never
speaks of a “second chance”. I will say that the premillenialist view is interesting, but built on the falsehood of a second chance. The Bible is very clear that when Christ’s “second coming”, it will be judgement
day. Well this is not the issue in today’s reading, but the resurrection of the dead is the issue. That is why they wanted to stop Peter and John, the problem is that Peter and John are right!
problematic is the fact that Peter and John healed the crippled man and they all know it. They ask “By what power or by what name did you do this?” The name is simple... Jesus. Peter and John lay it out for them and then make the profound
statement “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” What they are saying is against today’s Post-Modern thinking that there are many paths to heaven. They
say no, there is only ONE way and that is through Jesus Christ. You can’t get to heaven through Buddha, Islam, Hindu, Jim Jones, David Koresh, the Jewish faith (not counting Messianic Jews), Indian Spiritualist, New Age... Only through Jesus.
I did not say this, Peter and John did!
I pray: O Lord, many people think that there are many paths to heaven. You teach that there is Salvation in no other name than Jesus. As we plant the
seeds of faith in the Post-Modern world, let the Holy Spirit work and convert the hearts of the unbelievers to believing hearts. Use me Lord for your will and purpose. Amen.