“Now as they spoke to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came upon them, being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.”
After healing the lame man who laid at the temple gates, Peter and John entered the temple with him and began preaching the gospel to the multitude of people there. It was the religious leaders, including the captain of the temple, that laid hands on them and forbid them to continue. They did not care that an amazing miracle of healing had been performed, they were not swayed by the fact that these men were uneducated and untrained yet spoke with wisdom and boldness. They ignored all evidence that these men spoke truth because it threatened their views and their ways.
Today, the same resistance will come against all who preach the truth of Christ. Miracles will be recognized but will not sway, the power of Christ in His people will be seen but ignored. There are many who cannot be swayed from their perversion and ideologies, but let us stand firm in our God and continue the work to which we have been called. It was not the miracle alone that led people to believe, it was the power of the word of God. The boldness of Peter and John led them into persecutions, but it also led thousands who HEARD them to faith in Christ.
“However, many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to be about five thousand.”