“And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon’s, greatly wondering.” (Acts 3:11)
From The Christian Life in the Danger Zone
The forward-looking progression of the final events of Peter’s early discipleship phase, in the denial of Christ in the courtyard (Lk. 22:61-62), his personal interview with the risen Jesus on resurrection morning (Lk 24:34), to “I go a fishing” (Jn. 21:3) and “Feed my sheep” (Jn. 21:16), the command to wait in Jerusalem (Acts 1:4), and the stupendous breakthrough on Pentecost (Acts 2), is the story of a God-made man.
Only God can create a God-made man. No humanistic program on earth can do this. But it took guts, courage, resilience, and faith for Peter to follow Jesus.
If we could see Jesus present and looking on at the scene of Peter and John courageously defending the new gospel message before the Sanhedrin, we would see Him off to one side at “stage right” with the unmistakable look of loving pride and satisfaction on His face at the progress in character these two young men, starting out as mere fishermen, had made in so short a time. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter and John were stepping up into the role Jesus had trained them for, and the world would never be the same again. This is what a biblical-quality journey of faith is designed to accomplish. This is what The Christian Life in the Danger Zone can achieve, in world-shaking, overturning, non-conformity in contrast to the horizontally leveling expectations of worldly conventional mediocrity (Rom. 12:2; Acts 17:6).
A biblical-quality journey of faith life-script creates a challenging yet hope-filled reality of events and circumstances that we could not possibly self-manufacture, because the unconventionality of the cross of Jesus Christ, skillfully interwoven into every storyline, transcends worldly conventional wisdom.