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Acts 4:10-12

 

"Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel

That he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene,

The man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 

 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,

‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’

There is salvation in no one else!

God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”

 

 

In part three of our six-part devotion series entitled, "The Chief Cornerstone," we listen to a portion of Luke's account of Peter's inquisition in front of the high priests.  Let's set the stage!  Jesus has ascended and left Peter and the disciples in charge.  Peter and John go to the temple for daily prayer.  As they arrive, they encounter a lame man.  He is begging for money.  Instead of giving him money, Peter heals him in the name of Jesus.  The lame man jumps up and praises God.  All of the people, who have come to daily prayer, rejoice and experience the lame man's healing.  Peter and John then turn to the Jewish people and appeal to them to repent and follow Jesus.  The Sadducees and the captain of the temple lay hands on both of them and hold them captive until Peter and John can appear before the chief priests, on the following morning.  Obviously, this was the incorrect "laying on of hands!"  Please understand that preaching the name of Jesus has now been forbidden.  When Peter is questioned about how this man was healed, he proclaims that the man was healed in the name of Jesus.  Peter had to know that testifying in this way, and quoting Old Testament Scripture, would surely find him jailed or killed.  Not only does Peter tell the truth about Jesus being the cornerstone of all Christianity, he chastises the priests for crucifying Jesus and points out that God raised Him from the dead!  In the world, we call that "rubbing salt in the wound."  If we were faced with the same situation, what would we do?  Are we willing to heal and testify in the name of Jesus?  Are we willing to risk our life for His?  Be careful before answering this question.  Every day many of us deny Jesus.  We can't pray corporately in many of our schools because we have denied Jesus.  The Ten Commandments are no longer posted in government buildings because we have denied Jesus.  Many of our elected officials are no longer Christians because we have denied Jesus.  The old hymn says, "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus, Ye Soldiers of the Cross."  Peter had lots of faults, just like us.  Remember, at one point, Peter denied Jesus three times in order to save his own life.  Peter learned from his mistakes and repented.  So should we!  He was ultimately crucified, some believe upside down, for continuing to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Today as you battle the adversary, sing the old hymn loudly.  We must proclaim Christ as the chief cornerstone in our lives, even when we know that the worldly consequences might be difficult, harsh, or even life-threatening.   "Paradise Awaits For Those That Choose Wisely!"