(Note: While backing up my files, this little note was found. It may not have been written by me, but sharing it seemed a good idea.)
Scanning Facebook one day, I noticed one of my brothers-in-Christ had posted a passage from the second arrest of the apostles in Acts chapter five.
Peter and John had been taken before the Sanhedrin and threatened not to teach or speak in the name of Jesus two chapters before. The apostles were threatened repeatedly and then released.
But, they could not remain silent. After what they had seen and heard, they just could not contain themselves. In addition, there was nothing the apostles said to the conspirators of Jesus’ death that indicated they would remain silent. Instead they said, “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,” (Acts 4:19-20).
So, when they were arrested and taken before the Sanhedrin again, the high priest made a very interesting statement. He said, ““We strictly charged you not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching, and you intend to bring this man’s blood upon us,” (Acts 5:28 ESV).
Now he was accusing them of bringing “this man’s blood upon us?” Wasn’t this the same group as well as others crying for Jesus’ blood, that said, “His blood be on us and on our children?” (Matthew 27:25 ESV).
Yet, that is exactly what they needed, and was probably one of the reasons why the apostles would not remain quiet. They needed Jesus’ blood upon them, not in the way they cried for it, but in the way only Jesus’ blood might cleanse from sin.
All of us need Jesus’ blood upon us, for it is the blood that justifies us (Romans 5:9). Our contact with the blood comes in baptism, for as Jesus shed his blood in his death, so also we must die to sin and be raised to serve God (Romans 6).
May his blood surely be upon us!