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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say.”— Acts 4:14 (NLT)
When irrefutable proof stands in front of you, it’s impossible to deny. In fact, there’s really nothing you can say to combat it. This was the case in John 12:9 with Lazarus. It was also the case in Acts 4.
You see, Peter and John had been preaching the gospel to the masses. People were getting saved; miracles were taking place. But, the religious leaders “were very disturbed” that Peter and John were invoking the name of Jesus, so they arrested them. When questioned, Peter, by the power of the Spirit, declared the power of the name of Jesus: “There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 NLT).
Though they marveled at his words, it was “the man who had been healed standing right there among them” that they couldn’t deny. They couldn’t accuse the apostles of using medicine or sorcery, or that he was healed in the name of Satan. They made it clear that it was by the name of Jesus that this man was healed.
Theologian Albert Barnes wrote, “The presence of the man that was healed was an unanswerable fact in proof of the truth of what the apostles alleged. The miracle was so public, clear, and decisive; the man that was healed was so well known, that there was no evasion or subterfuge by which they could escape the conclusion to which the apostles were conducting them.”
So what does this mean for us? Well, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: You are the miracle! God’s work in you—His redemptive work in you is more powerful than any physical miracle.
Remember, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins” (Ephesians 2:1 NIV), but you’ve been brought to life! You are the miracle. And though people may try to deny Christ, deny the power of His name, they can’t deny His work in you. When the way you live, the things you say, the way you interact with others, and the traits you display show the proof of His power, and when they ask how it is that you are the way you are, and you, like Peter, declare the name of Jesus, there’s no denying that!
But our lives have to match our words; otherwise, we invalidate the claim of Christ’s power and work in us. So as you walk through life each day, remember you are evidence in the case for Christ. What kind of evidence will you be?
DIG: Read Acts 4:1–31 and John 11–12:11.
DISCOVER: What kind of proof are you offering the world regarding the name of Jesus? Is the evidence of His work in you clear and undeniable, or would people be able to easily discredit your claims?
DISPLAY: Today, be intentional about your behavior and words. Practice self-control, hospitality, compassion, patience, kindness, gentleness, grace, love, and forgiveness. Show the evidence of Christ’s work in you by what you say and do, by your body language, your facial expressions, and your overall attitude. And tomorrow . . . repeat!
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.