Acts 3: Speaking Truth
In Acts 3, Peter takes a very interesting tactical approach to preaching to the people of the synagogue.
Act 3:12 And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?
Act 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.
Act 3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
Act 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
Act 3:16 And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.
I think that sometimes we are uncomfortable with difficult topics in church in general today. Peter clearly was not afraid of a burgeoning controversy. The people who were in the synagogue at that time listening to him would most likely be aware of what had happened to Jesus Christ, and some of them might have been present at the time of the trial and the following events.
Peter went on the attack right away. He spoke about topics that apparently the people did not want to talk about because as we will read tomorrow, he got in trouble for doing it. However, he was willing to tell the truth regardless of what people thought. That was more important to him than popularity.
That is a difficult thing for all of us because I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want on some level to be popular. We at least don’t want to be disliked at a bare minimum. I think we want to get along well with those around us, and I am sure Peter felt the same way. However, he knew that it was more important to communicate truth, and he had to tell these people who Jesus Christ really was and what they had really done to Him.
This seems to be instructive to us. Sometimes difficult topics need to be talked about. I’m not saying that we go looking for a fight, but Peter had to tell these people who Jesus was and what implications that brought about. It is more important that we are true to what God has taught rather than be worried about our own popularity.