Jesus: Our Leader and Saviour (Acts 5:12-20)Dwight Albright, April 15, 2012
Part of the Study of Acts series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
We are struck in this passage at what the apostles did, not just the signs and wonders. They taught. We are struck at the position of Jesus in the eyes of the apostles. He is leader, author, and prince. We are struck at teh name for the movement. Not Chrisitians, but "a way of living". Do we view Jesus with the same awe? Do we realize we are still part of a movement? Do we teach and proclaim this to all we meet?
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12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.” (ESV)