8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 9If 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, 10then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11Jesus is
“the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’
12Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:8-12)
Peter continues to lay the smack down on the Jewish rulers and elders. Here he references Psalm 118:22. Psalms 118 is a beautiful praise psalm, and I invite you to read it today. But for our studies in the verses above, Peter is using these lines to school the religious leaders of Jerusalem. By quoting a Psalm like Peter does, he demonstrates his knowledge and wisdom. Keep in mind that the only people who had access to a copy of the Bible were the High Priests and, I suppose, there may have been a copy of the Jewish Bible on scrolls in the temple. Access to actual copies of the Jewish Bible were extremely limited. Also keep in mind how Peter was the simple fisherman, and now, thanks to Jesus, Peter is a fisher of people. By Peter quoting a well known Psalm and laying the foundation that Jesus is the Cornerstone, he hooks onto his catch and reels them in with the final bit of truth: salvation is found in no one else but Jesus Christ.
Our salvation, your salvation, from this world is found in no one else. Presidents, celebrities, athletes, pastors, priests, none of them will give you salvation. If we are lucky, these influential leaders will lead you to the only name which can save. How have your fishing skills improved in 2020? Are you getting any bites? Are you reeling in others to know the love and grace of Jesus Christ? Or are you just sitting on the dock, watching the waves? Keep at it, switch up your tactics, find a new fishing spot, do everything you can to lead others to our Savior.
Reading plan: Acts 7
Deeper reading plan: Nehemiah 3, 4
Prayer and meditation: Pray for the sick, pray for the lost and their loved ones. Pray for redemption for this lost world. Pray for a reviving rattle to shake COVID off this planet. And continue to pray for all those in medical professions, grocery stores, supply chain operators, first responders, and the amazing teachers still doing all they can to teach the students they love so much. Pray for all the businesses trying to recover and keep their associates able to provide for their families. Pray that the world can reopen without a surge of new COVID outbreaks. And pray that the world has undergone a lasting change and the flame of revival has been lit!
Fitness challenge: Distance running day! Get out and run for thirty minutes. We don’t need to run any longer than this. We’re going to work on 30 minutes being our target time for the 5k. But you can work on building up your body to be able to run for 30 continuous minutes.