June 7 - Ordinary?
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-12:31 / Acts 4:1-22 / Psalm 71:1-8
Our world does not encourage average or ordinary but pushes for greatness and excellence. We have many in our world today desiring to be anything but average or ordinary. Education and knowledge is exalted and rewarded in our society. The assumption is that with knowledge comes power.
The Sanhedrin and Jewish leaders rejected Jesus and brought great persecution upon His followers – Christians. After the healing of the lame man, Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin not for the purpose of explanation but for correction/judgment. Peter testified that the Christ they rejected, was the authority and power behind the lame man’s healing.
In great boldness and anointing Peter said, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) The Sanhedrin saw the courage of Peter and John, recognizing they were “unschooled” and ordinary men and the council concluded that they had been with Jesus. (v.13)
The Sanhedrin evaluated Peter and John as average, ordinary and unlearned. They were not considered qualified, worthy or capable to be leaders or spearhead a great spiritual movement. But there was something different about Peter and John…they had been with Jesus! The One the Jewish leaders crucified was impacting the lives of His followers and the world.
Jesus makes the ordinary anointed and the unlearned knowledgeable and wise. It doesn’t matter how hard or determined the world is to diminish and destroy the presence of Christ in our world…they will never be successful. Why? Because He rose victoriously over death and He lives in His children today. We can be thankful that we are not left in this world to fend for ourselves because He is our defender, anointer, purpose and hope. Because of Jesus…we are not ordinary!