"They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: 'By what power or what name did you do this?'" Acts 4:7
Thanks to social media and television, we see more incredible and unbelievable feats today than ever before. Day after day, we see people who seem to be super-human. Athletes do things we've never seen. Doctors do things we've never seen. Ordinary human beings do things we've never seen. Time and time again we are amazed at what people can do during unique or stressful circumstances.
In the Bible, we read story after story of Jesus performing miracles and changing lives. We read about Jesus doing things that had never been seen or done before. We also hear Jesus giving all the credit to the Father. We hear Jesus saying that He only says what the Father says. He only does what the Father says to do. And then we come to the book of Acts, where Peter and John have done something incredible...even unbelievable. In Acts 3, Peter and John came in contact with a man who was lame from birth. Peter looked at him, and in verse 6 said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." The man jumped to his feet and began walking! Of course, everyone heard about this miracle...not through television or social media, but through actual encounter with this man in the streets. The priests and the Sadducees heard and saw what was going on, and in Acts 4:2 we read, "They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead." Then they were questioned about their miraculous actions in Acts 4:7-10. "They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: 'By what power or what name did you do this?' Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: 'Rulers and elders of the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but who God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.'" Peter and John gave all the credit and all the glory to Jesus! They may have appeared to be super-human, but they were just ordinary men serving and extraordinary God! It was the power of God, who raised Jesus from the dead! It was in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the name above all names! You may be the next ordinary person to do something extraordinary. You may be the next ordinary person called to do something miraculous. When you are asked how you did it or by whose name or what power you did it, will you take credit for it? Or will you give the credit to God's power, to the name of Jesus?