- Sermon in a nutshell: Acts 4:13-22 “We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
We are nice people. If we have good things, we want to share it. When we watched a great movie, we want to share it. I receive more than a hundred emails every day and many of them are coming to me as forwarded clips. When people read or watch moving or interesting stuff, they want to share it with somebody they feel close! I am glad that I am among the circle of friends with so many people.
We do not need great education to do that. We just need compassion and passion. So, here is the basic question. Do we feel that Jesus is really important in our lives? Do we think that the teachings and life of Jesus is pretty awesome? Are they really worthy sharing with others?
I feel that way! I guess that was what Peter and John felt also. They were not educated people but when they shared their conviction of Jesus, they were eloquent! When the Pharisees and Sadducees saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. When people meditate on Jesus and on his teachings, they become wise and confident. You become like what you read and meditate. I read a news clip about a man who worked at Google, a dream company for young people. He quit the job after a year and went to a psychiatric unit as a patient. His job was to sort out all kinds of “inappropriate” listings from the Google sites. Every day, he had to watch obsolete scenes and deleted from the site before the public watch them. After a year, he was depressed and felt insane. He went to a psychiatrist and was recommended into a long term care in the hospital. Do you see what happen here? We are heavily influenced by what we see and meditate. If we read the words of God and meditate on the unconditional love of God in Jesus Christ, we are going to be like Jesus. That was why the uneducated men like John and Peter were wiser than all those highly educated Jewish leaders! If we want our children to be leaders in future, we should help them to meditate on the best wisdom in the world: The Bible! Many leaders in our history were the people of the Bible, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., for example. They followed the steps of Jesus and their lives showed the traits of the life of Lord, Jesus!
The lives of these great people confirm the fact that we all say and do what we read and meditate. That is what John and Peter are saying also today: “We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” The Jewish leaders had dilemma here. “Everyone living in Jerusalem knows they have performed a notable sign, and we cannot deny it. But we have to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people. We must warn them to speak no longer to anyone in this name.” Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Do we feel the same way about the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus? Then, go out and talk about it. Show videos and clips and share stories about Him! Here is the commandment from the Bible: “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” (2 Timothy 4:1-2).
We will have threats and ridicules. However, God will bring fruits for God’s Kingdom. The Bible says, “After further threats they let them go. They could not decide how to punish them, because all the people were praising God for what had happened. “ May God allow this wonderful thing happen here in Concord also! Amen!
• With whom are you going to share this wonderful news of freedom and forgiveness today?
• When is the great opportunity to share the Gospel with others?