They were cursed.
They were threatened.
They were hunted.
They were jailed.
They were whipped and beaten.
They were killed.
But the message of Jesus’ disciples could not be stopped.
Gamaliel advised the religious leaders in Acts 5 – “Therefore, in the present case, I advise you: leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” vs 38-39.
The verdict is in.
Jesus was not of human origin. His Great Commission for his disciples – then and now – to go into all the world and preach the Gospel making new disciples was not of human origin.
When they tried to stop the Good News of Jesus from spreading, the Pharisees found themselves fighting against God. You know how well that worked.
How many believers are there in the world? How many churches?
How many Bibles do you have in your house?
God was not stopped…..
and he will not be stopped.
We know the end of this story.