They were unschooled, ordinary men.
But the religious leaders were astonished as Peter and John stood in front of them, telling them what they knew about Jesus. They were eloquent and compelling. They were passionate and knowledgeable.
It was clear to those listening to Peter and John that these men had been with Jesus –
and he had changed them. Something was very different about them.
* Jesus had redeemed their lives from sin and death and given them the power of the Holy Spirit who was now living inside of them.
* They spoke with authority about their personal experiences with Jesus.
* They had courage beyond that of a normal person.
The religious leaders didn’t know what to say or do so they let Peter and John go with a warning not to speak of Jesus again.
Peter and John replied that they could not stop talking about what they had seen and heard.
Nothing was going to stop Peter and John from sharing what they knew about Jesus. We know about Jesus today because they did not stop talking about what they had seen and heard.
Dear Father, Please help us be as brave and committed as Peter and John was about sharing what we know about Jesus.