Their Own People – Part 1
“On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them.” (Acts 4:23 NIV)
After having spent the night in jail for teaching the people and “proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead,” the apostle Peter and the apostle John were released after further threats from the religious establishment. Knowing that they were still under the gun, what did they do immediately? The Bible says that they “went back to their own people.” Did that mean that they each went back to their own home – to their respective families? No. Did it mean that they went back to people who were their own color or social class? No. They went back to the church! You see, the early church was acting as one body, as we should be doing today: they prayed together, loved together, took the Lord’s Supper together, studied the Word together, worshiped together, helped each other, shared together. So when they were in trouble, they instinctively came together as well.
There’s strength when you get together with your brothers and sisters in Christ. Folks who never settle in a church are missing that strength and support. When their backs are against the wall, to whom can they turn? Are there people in the body of Christ who know them and will stand with them and pray through with them in the tough times? God wants all of us to be part of a fellowship so that when the storms get rough, we can get in the harbor and get brothers and sisters around us.
To be continued…
Read Acts 4:13-23.