Sunday, March 15, 2020

In their own words: Day 19

Acts 12.11

Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.’

Peter has been arrested and imprisoned again, this time by King Herod. Herod had already killed James, the brother of John, one of those first four fishermen Jesus called, and it looked like Peter would be next. But in the night, as Peter lay in prison, chained between two soldiers, an angel appeared to him and told him to get up. His chains fell off, and he was led out of the prison by the angel.  Peter thought he was dreaming or having a vision, but found himself outside in the street, and realised that he had been rescued “from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting” . Those who had arrested him thought this would be the end of him, and of the fledgling Christian movement. .
Peter hurried to the house where the rest of the apostles had been praying for him and knocked on the door. The maid, Rhoda, was so overjoyed and confused to see him that she forgot to open the door and left him standing there, while those inside argued over whether he was really there at all!

·         Have you ever been “rescued” from something frightening? How did it feel?

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