Lesson 50: The Acts of The Apostles
When it was time for Jesus to leave the apostles and ascend to heaven, he told the apostles that the Holy Spirit would be received from God by them (Acts 2:1-4). This Holy Spirit would help them perform miracles, or heal the sick, and teach the people about God's Word. The Holy Spirit is God's power.
During this time, while the apostles were preaching to the Jews, it was made known to them that they should also preach to the Gentiles, or other nations. This was a little hard for them to understand at first because they had only taught to their own nation (the Jews). But they had to know that all people have an opportunity to be in the kingdom if they believe in Jesus and if they were baptized.
It was not always easy for the apostles to preach about Jesus. Some of the people did not want to believe that Jesus had come to save them. Sometimes the people would get very angry at the apostles and beat them and even send them to prison. One time Peter was cast into prison by the wicked King Herod. The wicked king planned to have Peter killed. Peter was chained to two soldiers, while others guarded the doors of the prison. The other apostles and believers were very sad when they heard about Peter. They all prayed very much that Peter would be saved by God.
God heard their prayers. So God sent an angel to the prison at night to help Peter. While Peter slept chained between two soldiers the angel awakened Peter. The angel told Peter to dress and follow him. And as they walked out of the prison, the prison door opened by itself to let them out. Peter at first thought that he was dreaming, and it was not until the angel let Peter out onto one of the streets that Peter realized that God had delivered him from the hands of the wicked king (Acts 12:11).
We can see that God's power, or the Holy Spirit, was much greater than all the power of the wicked king, and all of the wicked king's soldiers. God, no doubt, caused the soldiers to go into a very deep sleep while Peter was led out of the prison. We must also realize that prayer is very important. Prayer helped, Peter, and it can help us, too.
- What is the Holy Spirit?
- Did the apostles teach to other nations?
- What happened to Peter?
- What did the other apostles and believers do to help Peter?
- How did Peter get out of prison?
- Did prayer help Peter?