Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, Saying, What shall we do to these men? for that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done. (Acts 4:13-21)
Today's Morsel: A few years ago there was a report of people dying because of "Asian flu", "Bird flu", and meningitis. And so the rush to prevent the spreading of these diseases went into operation. They didn't want it to be transmitted from one person to another either by direct contact with the person or by indirect contact, e.g. contact with his or her clothes.
The initial infilling of the Holy Ghost began to spread like wild fire on the Day of Pentecost, causing people to be infected. Three thousand were infected on the first day. The more the religious people tried to stop it, the faster it spread. It was like a wild fire. This initial outpouring could not be stopped. It leaped from house to house, village to village, city to city, church to church, street to street, and along the road way. Handkerchiefs, aprons, pieces of clothing spread this disease to others. The religious looked for clues and ways to stop it, but they couldn't stop it. They caught Peter and John and they began to question them. But after they questioned them and heard their answers, they realized that the source of the contamination was none other than the Lord Jesus Christ. What they thought they had crucified became an epidemic (an outbreak, a plague). Little did they know that Calvary released Fire! They had tried to kill it by burying it. But someone opened the door to the tomb. Even today, some are trying to stop people from being contaminated with this power and outbreak, but it's not going to happen. Because The Lord said, "And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call" (Joel 2:28-32). Are you contagious? If not, you haven't met Jesus.
Sing: Jesus got a hold of my life and He won't let me go. Jesus got into my heart He got into my soul. I used to be O so sad, but now I'm happy, free and glad, cause Jesus got a hold of my life and He won't let me go.