If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple1 and are asked how he was healed,
then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,2 whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead,3 that this man stands before you healed.
He is " 'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. '4
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."5
When they saw the courage of Peter and John6 and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men,7 they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.8
But since they could see the man who had been healed standing there with them, there was nothing they could say.
So they ordered them to withdraw from the Sanhedrin9 and then conferred together.
"What are we going to do with these men?"10 they asked. "Everybody living in Jerusalem knows they have done an outstanding miracle,11 and we cannot deny it.
But to stop this thing from spreading any further among the people, we must warn these men to speak no longer to anyone in this name."
Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.12
But Peter and John replied, "Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God.13