The beatings were a violent judgment, a statement and a warning for all to see.
The words of the Sanhedrin were an echo of Jesus’ warning.
"You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 10:22
The apostles left the Sanhedrin rejoicing. Unfazed by the governmental and religious opposition, they left proclaiming the truth.
"Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.” Acts 5:42
“We must obey God rather than human beings!” Acts 5:29
Are we also in that place?
Will we also be confronted and reviled for using and speaking in the name of Jesus, the Messiah?
Will we also be dragged into court for being faithful to the name and teaching of Jesus?
His name was an outrage, an offense to the governmental powers of the day.
Those who persisted in proclaiming it were in danger of punishment, and even death.
Are we coming to that time when our love and dedication to Jesus, and His word, is such a threat to the world that we must prepare to face the laws that will not only to oppress, dispossess and persecute, but may even destroy those who call upon His name?
Are our hearts preparing for a season of rejoicing or are we planning to become silent, by covering up His light in us?
“Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.” Luke 6:22-23