Read Acts 4:1-22
I want us to think for just a few moments about this response that we see from Peter and John here in Acts 4. These two apostles were just used in Acts 3 to heal a man who had been lame since birth. This man was unable to walk and everyday his friends would carry him and lay him at the temple gate. There at the temple, this man would beg for what he needed to survive. Everyday this man was at the temple.
The Jews would have likely been familiar with this beggar. On this particular day, Peter and John were going to the temple and this lame man asked them for some help. Peter gives what is at first a bummer of an answer. He says, “I don’t have any money to give you…” but he doesn’t stop there. He says, “what I do have, I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk.”
Sure enough, this man got up and walked into the temple complex with Peter and John. The Bible tells us that he was walking, leaping, and praising God. This man might have very well been dancing in the temple, and rightfully so! For some forty years he was unable to walk, and just like that, he’s able.
This lame man’s healing understandably so drew a crowd for Peter and John. They seized the opportunity and did what Ruffin Snow would have done…they started preaching. They began to preach and the Jewish leaders didn’t like this and so they had them arrested. Even though they were arrested, the Bible tells us in verse 4 that a couple thousand more people believed their message and were added to the early church.
The next day the Sanhedrin convenes and they try to figure out what to do with Peter and John. They start by asking them how they’re doing what they’re doing, by whose power. Peter is as blunt as he can be in his response. He says they’ve healed this man in the name of Jesus — whom they crucified and whom God raised from the dead. He said it’s by this man’s power that this lame man is standing before you…no longer lame.
The Sanhedrin wasn’t pleased with this answer, but they had no rebuttal and so they decide to just demand that these guys stop preaching and teaching in the name of Jesus. And here’s what I want us to think about. Look at Peter and John’s response in verses 19 and 20:
“Whether it’s right in the sight of God for us to listen to you rather than to God, you decide; for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.“
They say we can’t help ourselves! We’ve seen and heard too much and we just can’t keep quiet about it. We’ve seen the man called Jesus. We’ve seen the miracles that he performed. We’ve seen the lives that he’s touched. We’ve listened to him teach and preach. We saw him betrayed by one of our friends. We saw him taken away and wrongfully convicted. We saw him nailed to a cross. We saw all of those things.
But even more so than all of those things, we’ve seen this man, whom you crucified, raised from the dead. And we can’t stop talking about that.
The question for you and me is simple. What can you not stop talking about? What’s the last thing that God did in your life that you can’t stop telling people about? When’s the last time that you saw God do something and you just couldn’t wait to tell someone? What can you not stop talking about? We’re commanded to talk. The Great Commission tells us that we’re to be about making disciples of all peoples. We’re to teach them everything that Christ commanded. We’re supposed to be speaking about this man called Jesus.
In Acts 1:8 we’re told that we’re to be witnesses of Jesus. This means that we’ve got to talk. Peter and John couldn’t help but talk about what they had heard and seen. So, what can you not stop talking about?
What about your own salvation? We shouldn’t be able to stop thinking about what Christ has done for us personally. We shouldn’t be able to stop talking about how we were once dead but then God made us alive. About how at one time we were lost and without hope and without any way of helping ourselves. But then God reached down and breathed life into our dead bodies. We shouldn’t be able to stop talking about what we’ve seen and heard.
What about the salvation of those that you get to live life with? What about when we see someone else pass from death to life. You’ve seen with your own eyes someone pass from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, from death to life. We shouldn’t be able to stop talking about what we’ve seen and heard.
Finally, what about your ministry? Is there anything going on in your ministry worthy of talking about? Is there an excitement within your ministry where you see God clearly moving and working in the lives of the people that you get to serve? What’s the last thing that’s happened where you just couldn’t wait to tell people about it?
In this world, we’re Jesus’ witnesses. What can you not stop talking about?