Today’s scripture from Acts reveals that the Apostles preaching Jesus crucified caused great consternation among the Jewish leadership, and they were imprisoned. However, one member of the Sanhedrin, Gamaliel, warned against treating the Apostles harshly, reasoning that if their teaching was false, the course of time would put an end to their influence.
Some time ago, Theudas appeared, claiming to be someone important,
and about four hundred men joined him, but he was killed,
and all those who were loyal to him
were disbanded and came to nothing.
After him came Judas the Galilean at the time of the census.
He also drew people after him,
but he too perished and all who were loyal to him were scattered.
So now I tell you,
have nothing to do with these men, and let them go.
For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin,
it will destroy itself.
But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them;
you may even find yourselves fighting against God.”
They were persuaded by him.
After recalling the Apostles, they had them flogged,
ordered them to stop speaking in the name of Jesus,
and dismissed them.
So they left the presence of the Sanhedrin,
rejoicing that they had been found worthy
to suffer dishonor for the sake of the name.
And all day long, both at the temple and in their homes,
they did not stop teaching and proclaiming the Christ, Jesus.
Of course, we are still proclaiming Jesus crucified today. It has weathered the test of time for more than 2000 years. Because our faith is rooted in the revelation of God through his son Jesus, it will never be destroyed.