Acts 5:27-28 KJV
And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them,
Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man's blood upon us.
This passage just caught me as hilarious this morning. Here are the Sanhedrin. They think they are the great leaders and in charge of their nation (though they were under subjection to Roman authorities) They saw themselves as having the power to command men both politically and spiritually.
In an attempt to squelch the preaching of Christ they had the apostles arrested and imprisoned. But the angel of the Lord released them the first night. The apostles did not flee in fright but went right back into the most public place in Jerusalem and began to preach the very message they were originally arrested for. When the soldiers came for them, they were taken without violence and the Bible says the reason they took them so peacefully is because they, the soldiers, were afraid of being stoned by the people. Then these apostles were brought before the Sanhedrin where the Bible says the high priest "asked them."
It is ironic. The ones who were really in authority here are the Apostles.
We, who are Christians, sometimes allow this world to intimidate us more than we think. It is true that we are the fewest in number and that this world appears to be the great authority of this world. It might appear that Satan has the upper hand and we might thnk our only recourse is to "hold the fort." That is not the case. We in fact are the salt and light of this world. Without us this world would collapse into sinful anarchy and chaos. We do not need to fret. We do not need to panic or pick up a sword and fight. All we need to do is obey God rather than men.