‘Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised.’ Acts 1:4
It’s a dramatic period for the early church when Theophilus penned these words and the stories to follow. What looked like a dismal failure, by His Spirt the disciples rise from the ashes and defeat and begin building the church.
But, make no mistake, finding their voice at that time and that season was dangerous and life threatening. But like Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus it was time for hidden things and secret beliefs to be given a megaphone, truth never stays hidden.
‘In those days Peter stood up among the believers’ — Peter, the one who denied his station as a disciple conquered his fears and stepped up. A little while later he finds his feet again and rises to stand, he’s found momentum and character — to this he adds resolve and his voice that echoes through the entire book of Acts. ‘Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd.’
Standing up can be uncomfortable and unimaginably scary, it comes at a cost and can often lead to heartache, but shall we not find our voice and share Peter’s message?
‘God has raised Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it…’