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Epistle Reflection

Once we were God’s enemies, far away from God;
but now by the Son’s death, God has made us friends.

New Testament Reading - Peter and John before the Council

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1While they were talking to the people, the chief priests, the captain of the Temple police, and some of the Sadduceesa came over to them, 2very disturbed that Peter and John were claiming that Jesus had risen from the dead. 3They arrested them and since it was already evening, jailed them overnight. 4But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so that the number of believers now reached a new high of about five thousand men!

5The next day it happened that the Council of all the Jewish leaders was in session in Jerusalem — 6Annas the High Priest was there, and Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and others of the High Priest’s relatives. 7So the two disciples were brought in before them.

“By what power, or by whose authority have you done this?” the Council demanded.

8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Honorable leaders and elders of our nation, 9if you mean the good deed done to the cripple, and how he was healed, 10let me clearly state to you and to all the people of Israel that it was done in the name and power of Jesus from Nazareth, the Messiah, the man you crucified — but God raised back to life again. It is by his authority that this man stands here healed! 11For Jesus the Messiah is (the one referred to in the Scriptures when they speak of ) a ‘stone discarded by the builders which became the capstone of the arch.’b 12There is salvation in no one else! Under all heaven there is no other name for men to call upon to save them.”

. . . . . Acts 4:1-12
  1. The Sadducees, were members of a Jewish religious sect that denied the resurrection of the dead.
  2. Implied; Literally, “became the head of the corner.”

Intercession

Pray for 3 people on your heart ending with the prayer below.

To you, O Lord, we lift our eyes;
to you, enthroned in the heavens.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Let our cry come before you, O Lord;
grant us understanding, according to your word.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Let your merciful goodness come to us, O Lord;
and your salvation, according to your promise.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Satisfy those who thirst,
and fill the hungry with good things.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Your kingship has dominion over all,
and with you is our redemption.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Amen.