While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead. They arrested them and, since it was already evening, put them in jail until morning. But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of men who believed now totaled about 5,000.
The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other relatives of the high priest. They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,
‘The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus. But since they could see the man who had been healed standing right there among them, there was nothing the council could say. So they ordered Peter and John out of the council chamber and conferred among themselves. – Acts 4:1-15
The famous phrase of Martin Luther is “What does this mean?” He asks that question again and again in his Small Catechism. This summary of the Six Chief Parts of the Christian Faith, offers questions and answers that explain in simple terms the meanings of the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, The Lord’s Supper, and others. Another phrase that he offers is “This is most certainly true.”
The point of Luther’s phrase is that we can be certain of the truth God has revealed in his Word. It’s solid. It’s reliable. It is certain and true. There is a level of truth which I consider these essential elements of the faith to be that I call “True Truth”. In other words, this is not only certain and true. These truths are profoundly, life-anchoring, soul-saving truths. These truths will not lead you astray. These truths are pure, profound, and perfect.
This is what the people are experiencing when they look at the once-lame man, hear Peter testify to the power of Jesus to heal, and their witness to Jesus’ resurrection. They see the man in front of them: now healed. They hear Peter and John speak about Jesus’ resurrection power. These truths are reliable and relevant. Follow their conclusions and you will be saved.
There are plenty of supposed truths to which we are pointed daily. From Insurance companies to cell phone service providers, from beer to laundry detergent, truths are paraded before our eyes. None of these are most certainly true. None are true tuths. The message of Jesus, his power to save, and the impact he has in people’s lives is most certainly true truth.