Opponents; Objections and Judgment
A Sermon on Acts 4:1-12
Peter and John Before the Council
And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. And when they had set them in the 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 being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (ESV)
Be encouraged! The trials and persecution you are facing in life, some of which might be as a result of you being a follower of Jesus, are nothing new. We as Christians are not facing a new situation, and in this sermon on Acts 4:1-12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches on the Gospel and people’s rejection of it. Though hostility towards the Gospel has definitely increased within the last several decades, we must not forget that this is not a novelty— from the beginning, Christianity was rejected, and opposition to it has not changed at all. While people reject the Gospel because of prejudices they bring against it that blind them to the truth, one of the main barriers to belief is pride— Christianity does not fit into the way that people want to think about the world and themselves. What are unbelievers rejecting? Lloyd-Jones says that at the root, people reject Jesus Christ as Savior and as the only Savior. Yet, as he points out, these are two extremely vital doctrines that must be dealt with. Why is Jesus the only Savior? From Scripture, The Doctor shows that every man is dead in his sins by his nature. Jesus is the only Savior because He is the only Savior sufficient enough to rescue us since he lived sinlessly and conquered death. Through Him, and Him alone, we have the victory!