Torturous times

The need for a Gamaliel

The weeks after Easter are full of miracles, especially if you are following the postresurrection story in the book of Acts. Acts positively spills over with signs and wonders. Take chapter five, for example: Ananias and Sapphira fall dead after being scolded by Peter. The sick are carried into the streets in the hopes that Peter’s healing shadow will fall on them. The apostles heal people tormented by unclean spirits. When the apostles are arrested and imprisoned, an angel comes to them, opens the prison doors and instructs them to “stand in the temple and tell the people the whole message about this life.”

The police quickly lock the apostles up again, but Peter and the others persist in preaching their gospel of Jesus, “Leader and Savior.” By this point, the members of the council have had it with the apostles. This time they want to kill them.


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