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Verses 8-12: “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel: If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone. Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

A fellow Carpenter for Christ told our group this story once, about how he was building a small rustic building on his property in his spare time. One day he went to put the door frame on the building and went to choose the sturdy beam that would be the main door post. He had several milled posts to choose from; among them was a sturdy post, but it had some knots in it, so he rejected it. He later found what he thought would be the perfect selection— straight, clean, and aesthetically pleasing. He ran out of time for that day, so he placed that post to the side to work on it later. He was delayed returning to the building work by some rain that came into the area. By the time he could get back to the construction, he discovered that this “perfect” post had warped in the rain and the sunshine which followed the storm. No longer good and straight, he couldn’t use it. He searched through the other planks of wood, but they, too, had warped and twisted in the elements. Finally, he came back to the rejected, knotty post. To his amazement, he discovered it was still just as firm and straight—it had not warped under the pressure of the elements. Turned out it made the perfect corner post for his door after all.

Isn’t that just what Peter was telling the elders and rulers who had brought John and him before them? The source of the miracle of the healing of the lame man was none other than Jesus Christ, who those leaders had rejected. What’s more, Peter went on to inform them that this Savior who the leaders had rejected was not just the Source of the healing, but the very foundation, the very anchor, the very cornerstone of the church…and that there was no other Source of salvation but Him! Oh, they could pick someone else, but they’d be wrong. What better message to share during these days leading up to the celebration of His resurrection.

Happy Easter! He is risen!

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verse 30: “There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.”

Have you ever been asked how your favorite football (substitute whatever sport you root for, if it’s not football) team is going to do? Regardless of how they did last season, the new season of a sport is mostly fraught with optimism. I have seen games where it didn’t look like my team had a chance…at least according to all the statistics on paper. I have seen games where the “odds” were stacked against my team winning…yet, they found a way to win the game. I ashamedly admit, when in college, there were times I used to pray to God for a victory. I later saw a joke that got my attention. A church-goer told the preacher that he was praying his school would win the big showdown game that weekend, but that he knew his best friend (who roots for the other school) was praying equally hard. He asked the preacher whose team would win. The preacher smiled, and said, “Well, I think the Lord is going to enjoy a fine football game this weekend!”

There are countless battles in the Bible where the nation of Israel looked like there was no way (on paper) that they would win. But they had on their side Someone who the other side didn’t have: God. No weapon ever made or conceived….no computer or artificial intelligence ever devised….no amount of military might…can prevail against the Lord. Period, the end.

Now….whose side would you rather be on?

Something to think about today.

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