“The next day their rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.” (Acts 4:5 – 6)
Peter and John had been arrested for preaching, and more specifically, preaching such that people were believing in Jesus as the Messiah and resurrection to a new life in Jesus the Messiah. This is what the whole “high-priestly family” were trying to stop from happening.
“When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead.” (Verses 7 – 12)
Peter, John, and the rest of the disciples were positioning themselves in direct opposition to the whole “high-priestly family” without any reservations. Would that we, beloved reader, as a faith community would do the same. Yes, I am sure there are individual who speak up about their faith. I started writing columns and posts like this one as a way to spread my faith and beliefs. I admit I am not quite as “nervy” as the disciples and the believers of the early Christian church. However, when asked about my faith, I am clear and forth right. I suspect that anyone who knows me probably knows that my faith runs deep. And long. I would hope, beloved reader, if ever put to the test as the disciples were that I would stand up for my faith without any reservations! Shalom & Selah!