“…they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and recognized them as companions of Jesus” (Acts 4:13). A preacher who has been a hero of mine for nearly 40 years worked in coal mines through the week and faithfully preached every Sunday. He was not highly educated in any sense, but especially not when it came to theological education, but I knew him and respected him as “a companion of Jesus.” While I am thankful for the education and especially theological education I was blessed with, I realize that none of it matters a bit if I am not “a companion of Jesus.”
“…we cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20). When I think of Peter and John responding to the demands of silence from the authorities who already had taken them into custody, I am first reminded of Jeremiah’s speaking of “a burning fire shut up in my bones” (Jeremiah 20:9). Then I return to reflecting on myself: what is it that I cannot stay silent about? Is it Jesus?