February 16 – Letting a Bit of Jesus Rub Off On Us

“Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus.” – Acts 4:13 (NASB)

One day, Peter and John were in the Temple courtyard in Jerusalem. Only days since the Holy Spirit had come down on the Apostles at Pentecost. They had been continuing to witness to the Jews in Jerusalem and preaching he resurrection of Jesus Christ. This sermon by Peter, the second one recorded, came after instantly healing a man who had been lame from his birth. A large crowd gathered and listened to what Peter had to say. Peter and John were both from Galilee – a region that was not recognized as producing many educated intellectuals. All the smart folks lived and were educated in Jerusalem. So the folks were amazed at what Peter said and how it was said. But many had seen and heard Jesus. There was something about them that reminded this crowd of people of Jesus. They talked and taught like Jesus. They acted like Him and that was noticed. They were able to heal like Jesus did. These disciples had been with Jesus and people could tell the difference. Isn’t that what we want to happen in our lives? Live close to His Word and people will see that we have been with Him.