Beloved, persecution is defined as hostility and ill-treatment, especially because of race or political or religious beliefs, causing the persecuted person to suffer because of their belief.
Acts 4 is more than a historical record. It is a template for all disciples of Jesus to follow when (not if) persecution comes. Acts 4 is one of those chapters in which we would do well to spend focused time, meditating and soaking up the truths, so that they may become part of our innermost being (Jn 17:17). Peter and John's response to persecution teaches us how we are to respond to persecution.
Peter and John were surely not surprised for Jesus had taught them "Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also." (Jn 15:20)
Beloved, each year we celebrate Easter Sunday with sunrise services, stadium gatherings and vast amounts of picnics and food. This year will be no different. Unlike the past couple of years, there will be public gatherings as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
There also will be hope. In the midst of the war in the Ukraine, rising prices and such, HOPE remains, and His name is Jesus Christ and He rose from the dead.
Whatever you or your family may be enduring remember that there is great hope in Jesus Christ. We will continue to hope because our trust is in the LORD!
Beloved, He is risen! He is risen indeed!
May you have a very blessed Resurrection Sunday!
Even as Jesus received the crowd’s worship His heart was breaking in half. Luke 19:41 says, “And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it.” Why would Jesus weep during such a triumphal entry? Because there were many who would not receive Him but who would ultimately reject Him as their Messiah. Luke 19:44b says, “And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
Dear friends today is the day of salvation! DON’T MISS THE KING!