The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

– Acts 4:5-7 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Annas and Caiaphas first met Jesus when He was arrested, (John 18:13-14) so their concern was more about keeping their religious power than it was about getting more insight. We need to take note of this, because we can be more concerned about protecting the systems that we have built than what God is doing in our midst, yet Jesus continually calls us to let go of our power structures and follow after Him.

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