Saturday, April 13, 2013

My Favorite Book of the Bible

The Gospels hold the Word of Jesus, his Voice. But the Acts of the Apostles contain His echo, his thumbprint—the forensic proof that He came, died, and rose.

Last Sunday in Acts we heard that sick people were carried into the streets on the off chance that the shadow of Peter would fall on them. Imagine the power of Christ that the shadow of his follower could have healing effects! No wonder “great number of men and women were added to them”!

This weekend we hear about the apostles in front of the Sanhedrin, who order them to stop preaching. The reading ends with the apostles “rejoicing that they had been found worthy to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.”

Last week I realized how powerful the aftershock must have been. This week I wonder how much of it still reverberates. Especially in me: Am I willing to “suffer dishonor for the sake of the name”? And rejoice over it?

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