I am preaching this Sunday. The scripture is Acts 4:1-11. The short form is that Peter and the boys are put in front of the Sanhedrin, the religious court, for proclaiming the gospels of Jesus who they claim has risen from the dead. The whole thing is here:
(biblegateway.com is, btw, super cool. a searchable bible may be as important as printing enough so everyone can have one, seriously.)
One of the first things to recognize about this scripture is that it is frequently misused to attack the Jews. People say, “See, they rejected Jesus. That’s why the Jews represented by the Sanhedrin are the villains of the story.”
Stupidest reading ever. Did Jesus want to start a new religion? No. But, it is not insane to think otherwise. Within the first few years of the Crucifixion was there a new religion? No, and you’re insane to think otherwise. So, this story isn’t anti-Jew because everyone in it, heroes and villains, are Jews.
That’s what the story is not about. What it is about is faith, and courage, and authority. Stuff I’ll be thinking about this week.