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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sunday - Peter and John Speak Up for Jesus - Acts 4:1-22 - Children's Sunday School Lesson - 5/20/18

Peter and John Are Taken to the Sanhedrin. Peter and John Arrested. Threat and Release.

Peter and John were speaking to the people. The priests, the captain of the temple guard, and the Sadducees came to the apostles. They were very upset by what the apostles were teaching the people.

The apostles were saying that people can be raised from the dead. They said this can happen because Jesus rose from the dead.

So the temple authorities arrested Peter and John. They said this can happen because Jesus rose from the dead.

So the temple authorities arrested Peter and John. It was already evening, so they put them in prison until the next day.

But many who heard the message believed. The number of men who grew to about 5,000.

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.

They had Peter and John brought to them. They wanted to question, "By what power did Peter and John do this?" they asked. "And through whose name?"

Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit. He said to them "Rulers and Elders of the people, are you asking us to explain our actions today?" Do you want to know why we are kind to a man who could not walk?

Are you asking how he was healed? Then listen to this, you and all the people of Israel! You nailed Jesus Christ of Nazareth to the Cross.

But God raised Him from the dead. It is through Jesus' name that this man stands healed in front of you.

Scripture says that Jesus is "the stone you builders did not accept." But it has become the most important of all.

Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were marveling, and began to recognize them as having been with Jesus. And seeing the man who had been healed standing, they had nothing to say in reply.

But when they had ordered them to go aside of the Council, they began to confer with one another, saying, "What shall we do with these men?

For the fact that a noteworthy miracle has taken place through them is all who live in Jerusalem, and they could not deny it.

But in order that it may not spread any further among the people, they warned Peter and John to speak no more to any man in Jesus name.

For the man was more than 40 years old on whom this miracle of healing had been performed.

When they had been released, they went to their own companions, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.

Reference Scripture used from the NIrV May the Faith Be With You Holy Bible @ Zondervan 2017