Across The Preacher's Desk: Have You Been With Jesus?

May 12, 2022 - Dr. Luke tells us in Acts chapter 3 that Peter and John went to the temple to pray. There was a lame man there and Peter healed this man. Well, it seems a crowd assembled to hear their preaching. This upset the “status quo” and so Peter and John were arrested and brought before the assembly of priests, elders and scribes. We are further told in Acts 4:13 that when the members of the “council” saw the boldness of Peter and John and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they took knowledge of them that they had been with Jesus.

The effect of their association with Jesus is clearly seen in their lives. They had been intimately associated with Jesus for three years during his public ministry. They became partakers of His knowledge, His boldness, kindness, purity, zeal and love for God.

Just like Peter and John had been with Jesus, we also need to be with Jesus. We must become His friends by obeying His commandments and we must live His kind of life.

Jesus told His followers they were the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world”. The great question for us is do others see in our lives the effect that we too have been with Jesus, or do they see a disconnect in what we say and how we live?

It’s something to think about. . .TBP

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