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Verses 40-42: “But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.”

My family and I were in a sports-themed restaurant watching the recent AFC Championship NFL playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. Toward the end of the game, my wife asked me about an interesting graphic that appeared on the TV screen about Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots pass-catching tight end. It was detailing not only his yards per catch, but the “yards after catch”; this was what my wife asked about. I described it was the yards that a receiver achieves after he has caught the football…the additional yards he gained during the play, not just the initial yards the ball flew from the quarterback to him. It was what he did after he caught the pass.

My wife remarked, “Kind of like what people do with Jesus after they accept Him as Lord and Savior…what they do with Him after they have been saved.” I paused from watching the game and thought, “that’s good.” I told my wife, “Honey, that’s real good!” and made a note to use that for an upcoming blog entry…which I just did. 🙂

Peter’s salvation was already assured, but he, like the other apostles, carried out Jesus’s command to the fullest, telling all the world about Him. Peter came when sent for, saw the grief of Tabitha’s (also translated Dorcas’s) friends. He prayed, and in the name of Jesus, raised her from the dead. The miracle was used to win many to believe in Jesus Christ. Like my previous post, Tabitha did eventually die and go to Heaven; Peter’s raising her didn’t give her immortality on Earth. But accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior and trusting in Him does give you eternal life.

So…what are you doing after you catch the ball?

Something to think about.

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Verse 23: “And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.”

“So….what did they say???”

How many times have we asked that of friends who were involved in secret conferences? How many times have we wondered what was discussed behind closed doors? We are so anxious to be “in the know” that we can’t wait for someone to fill us in on what transpired. I was reminded of this recently, seeing a “late breaking news” blurb on sports TV regarding a press conference that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was going to have after he met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell concerning the recently released findings of the “Deflategate” incident involving the Patriots’ quarterback, Tom Brady, and under-inflated footballs used in a playoff game last year. Given that Kraft was very defiant in his public and private protestations over the report’s findings, I was amazed to hear him accept the team’s penalties so that most all involved could move past this issue and get on with the NFL’s business.

Certainly, Peter’s and John’s Christian companions had heard the news of their being arrested and brought before the authorities. What was going to happen? As the Scripture states, they went straight to their companions after being released and told them all that had transpired. According to footnotes in 2 different Bibles I own, the followers realized that they were beginning to see the fulfilling of the prophecy found in Psalms 2: 1 and 2 (used in Acts 4:25-26): “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed…” The people marveled, they rejoiced, they praised God thanking Him for deliverance, and prayed all the more.

In both circumstances, the groups of people were surprised to hear news that they had not expected. And, you know what else? In both circumstances, God already knew what would happen. Of course, in the latter story, He had already sent word to His servant David in the Psalms concerning it. Talk about being “in the know”.

Something to think about.

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