Week Sixteen Thoughts

My thoughts this week went to Acts 5:33-39. These verses read, “When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law who was respected by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered the men to be taken outside for a little while. He said to them, ‘Men of Israel, be careful about what you’re about to do to these men. Some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, and all his followers were dispersed and came to nothing. After this man, Judas the Galilean rose up in the days of the census and attracted a following. He also perished, and all his followers were scattered. So in the present case, I tell you, stay away from these men and leave them alone. For if this plan or work is of human origin, it will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them. You may even be found fighting against God.’ They were persuaded by him.” (CSB)

I have always admired the wisdom in Gamaliel’s advice here. It is logical and frankly it just makes sense. My thoughts on this will be brief. How many years has it been since Jesus’ death and resurrection? If the Gospel is still being proclaimed today, and there are many believing the message, I believe, and hopefully so do you, that Jesus is who He claimed to be, and who the Apostles claimed Him to be. We are around 2000 years later and the Good News is still being proclaimed, and people are being saved from death into life. I think it is safe to say by Gamaliel’s logic this “movement” must be of God! Let us be encouraged that the message of the Gospel has stood the test of time, but don’t let that overshadow the actual message of the Gospel, that we have been saved from the coming wrath of God, through the death of Jesus, and passed from death to life. We have been pardoned and have eternal life! The Good News that was being proclaimed by the Apostles is the same Good News that we proclaim today. As believers we are all called to proclaim this Good News (the Gospel), are we?

Thanks for reading.

-Pastor Josh