We Must Obey God
When Jesus lived upon the Earth, there were evil Jewish religious leaders who hated Him. When it was time for Jesus to die on the cross, according to God’s plan, these rulers had Jesus crucified.
There was another group of people who were so afraid of these rulers that they did not obey the commands of Jesus, even though they believed in Him (John 12:42). But we also have an example of people who obeyed the Lord in spite of what wicked men might do to them (Acts 4:1-21, 5:17-42).
The apostle Peter preached boldly that Jesus was the Son of God, and that the Jews had crucified Him, but that He had been raised from the dead. The hateful rulers arrested Peter and his companion, John. They threatened them and told them to quit preaching about Jesus’ plan of salvation (Acts 4:10-12). Later, they captured Peter and the other apostles. They beat them and warned them not to preach in the name of Jesus any more. But these brave men of God told the wicked leaders: “We must obey God, rather than man” (Acts 5:29). They continued to preach about Jesus and His plan to save all who would obey Him.
There are people who will make fun of you when you do the right thing; but we must trust God and bravely refuse to be like those who believed in Christ, but because of their fear of others, did not obey Him.
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