#4: Peter and John Before the Sanhedrin

Acts 4:1-8

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.
The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!

Peter and John, the miracle workers, are arrested, along with the healed man and are on trial before the elders and rulers. It’s a little bit like the trial of Jesus. It ends up with the court realising they cannot do much with Peter and John because a ‘wave’ of popularity has swept the city. They warn them to just keep quiet. Their response is one of the classic statements in the New Testament, ‘We cannot keep from speaking about what we have seen and heard’.