Dense

Acts 3:11-12  While the beggar held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade.  When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?

denseOh, Peter.  You gotta love that guy.  I mean who opens a sermon like this?  If I were to put it into today’s terms, it would sound something like: “Really?  You’ve got to be kidding me.  Do you really think I somehow magically made this guy walk or something?  Geesh, you people are dense!”   Now that’s a way to win over a crowd.  Only a guy like Peter could get away with that opening line.  His exasperation at the people’s astonishment was downright funny.  Imagine being frustrated that people just can’t seem to grasp the concept that you aren’t a healer.  Think of how annoyed Peter was that they couldn’t just accept Christ already.

He goes on and it just get better.  “You morons tried killing the author of life.  Hello… did you hear that?  You killed the ‘author’ of life.  It didn’t work either.  Because the author of life doesn’t stay dead very well.  (sigh)  Okay, I know that you are just ignorant, but here’s the deal – would you just repent and accept the fact that Jesus is the only way?  He’s the one who healed this guy, not me.  So turn to Him and save yourselves from, well… you.”  That’s pretty much what he said.  I’m not making this up, read it for yourself.

What happens next is that thousands of people get saved, right?  No, actually what happens next is Peter gets arrested.  Not for a bad sermon, it’s just that he ticked off some dense religious people.  And it was in that arrest that the power of God showed up.  It was in that circumstance that the believers began to pray and saw the miraculous released.  It was in that moment that the Holy Spirit filled them all and changed their lives forever.  All because a frustrated, Holy Spirit filled man opened his mouth to talk to dense people. 

You know, we so often think that sharing our faith is a waste of time.  We think it will fall on deaf ears or that we will be ridiculed.  We aren’t sure that we will say the right words or that we will possibly offend someone.  Peter didn’t think about those things.  He just talked to the people who didn’t get it.  He opened his mouth and what came out sounded like Peter with some Holy Spirit mixed in.  What would happen if you opened your mouth? Maybe it would sound like you with some Holy Spirit mixed in too.  Maybe the words you say will change the course of someone’s life.  Maybe like Peter, you aren’t eloquent or polished in your ability to share the gospel.  However, that shouldn’t stop you.  It didn’t stop Peter, who by the way, was a little dense himself.

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