Coward No More
Having been restored by the Master at the fireside, Peter is a changed man. He is assured that there is life after death. He is assured that Jesus Christ is God. He is fired by the fact that he has been sent by the one who is victorious over death. The Master has told him to wait at Jerusalem until he is empowered by the Holy Spirit. Wait he does. He is not the restless Peter whose mouth had to be shut by the Father Himself. His mouth is consecrated to speak the oracles of God and only that. Later he wrote in his letter: “prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” This was true of Peter as well.
On the Pentecost Day he stands up before the milling fanatic crowd of Jews who had come from Asia, Europe and Africa and looks them in the eye and tells them that the one they had crucified has resurrected. His speech results in the conversion of 3000 hardcore Jews. The one who shrank away from a servant girl a few days ago is used by God for the salvation of 3000.
A few days later he is caught for spreading the good news about Jesus Christ. The top religious officials rebuke and threaten him. But this untrained fisherman doesn’t even blink an eyelid as he says, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
Yes, the Holy Spirit had come on him. Later Apostle Paul wrote: “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
What was true about the untrained fisherman Peter or the learned Paul could be true about us also.
Sam N Jacob