They’re All the Same

Then said the high priest, Are these things so?  And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken;

Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.  Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted?  and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.

Acts 7:1-2a. 51-53

I love this chapter.  The high priests and scribes and elders have conspired against Stephen.  They bribed people to lie about him and dragged him in front of the council to falsely accuse him and hopefully either imprison or kill him.  They asked him in verse one if the things they said about him were true.

He didn’t even answer their question.  He knew and they knew that they things said about him weren’t true.  Instead of answering their ridiculous question, he went into a little sermon.  Chapter 7 is that sermon.  He had the opportunity to tell these people about Jesus.  And he took it.  And he didn’t mince words.  He gave it to them hard and straight, as you can see from verses 51-53.  They rejected the Lord Jesus and they crucified Him and Stephen let them know it.

You can’t help but admire Stephen.  He wasn’t Peter or John.  He wasn’t the pastor of the church.  He was a deacon, just a man in the church who loved the Lord.  But he told these people the exact same thing that they had been hearing from Peter and John.  And I’m sure that any other Christian they picked up would tell them the exact same thing as Stephen, Peter and John.  They were all the same.

They all talked about Jesus and His Words.  That’s exactly what every one of us should be doing every day: talking about Jesus and His words!

3 responses to this post.

  1. Amen! I am looking today for an opportunity to talk about my Lord and SAvior!

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