The early disciples were indelibly marked by their time with Jesus. Regardless of the opposition they faced, they could not deny Him. People might jeer, even persecute them for believing in Him and proclaiming Him as Messiah, but they could not forget nor ignore who He was and the impact of their time with Him. His life, teaching, death, and resurrection shaped their perspectives, priorities, goals, and values from that time forward.
Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.
Prayer: Jesus, may we be so shaped by our relationship with You that we are indelibly stamped with Your presence, power, and Spirit, and so, increasingly reflect You to a watching world. In Your name we pray, amen.