"When they [the Sanhedrin] saw
the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary
men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with
Jesus." Acts 4:13
Can you picture the scene above unfolding? Peter and John, two ordinary dudes, find
themselves standing before prestigious, educated, professional court officials
because they had just been part of something extraordinary and unbelievable.
Actually, the healing of a man's legs was simply one of many extraordinary happenings taking place leading
up to their moment in court.
The events recorded in the book of
Acts are wild to say the least. Pop some popcorn, get settled in your comfy chair
and read it for yourself. It’s incredible! Only God could design the supernatural
and extraordinary events in the beginning of Acts which led to the advance of
the Good News of Jesus` resurrection around the world. I can’t help but think
the events in the first few chapters of Acts were Peter and John’s lightbulb
moments when all the puzzling stories Jesus told and the wild things He did
began to click and make sense.
Standing before the court that day,
I imagine their hair was a mess and their eyes were blood shot from both lack
of sleep and from a fresh, Spirit filled awakening in their souls.
What exactly does one look like who
has “been with Jesus?”
Jesus spent most of his time with
the poor, the outcasts, the down and out and the suffering. I imagine his hands were often dirty and his hair may have had the
wind-blown, all natural look going on. Jesus was the dark skinned, poor guy
from a struggling, low income family and neighborhood with a bad reputation. I imagine Jesus`
disciples were an unpolished, wild looking bunch too.
What does it look like to be recognized
as someone who has “been with Jesus?”
When I think of people of who look like they have been with Jesus I think of my friends Camille and Esther who
willingly moved into an area of conflict in Eastern Congo to love and empower
the suffering Congolese people.
I think of my friend Beth who, for close to 3 years has consistently spent her time, in order to be present and provide a listening ear and a smile for
the dozens of neglected people residing in a local motel.
I think of those who tear down
walls intended to divide us by race, nationality, rich and poor, educated and uneducated,
etc. like Dr. John Perkins, LaTasha Morrison, Shane Claiborne, the Hatmakers, my friends Adriana, Meredith, Monica and Melany.