4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.”
Truth is power. Did you know that before Pharaoh let Israel go he finally confessed he was wrong about denying the God of Abraham? It is true that he never chose to believe in Him or give his life to him but he did admit God was God.
Do you know that when Jesus returns to this earth every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is the Lord of lords and King of kings? They will not do this because they love Him. They will not do this because their hearts have changed. They will do it simply because the Truth is undeniable. Truth is power and truth always rises to the top. Sometimes it rises quickly. Sometimes it seems the truth of a situation or the truth about a person will never see the light of day but it will. When it does even the most hardened evil people will be forced by the sheer power of truth to admit it.
These religious rulers held all the power humanly speaking. They could have invented some charges and either had Peter and John rot in prison for as long as they chose or had them killed. The only thing that prevented them was the power of the truth. The lame man was walking and all Jerusalem knew how it happened. To mistreat Peter and John for performing a miracle would have further eroded their hold over the people. It would have damaged their cause more than helped it. That's how much power truth has. They were forces by the weight of truth to release them.
Truth. Jesus is the Truth. He did rise. It unleashed the most powerful movement the world has ever seen and we haven't seen anything yet. The miracles in Egypt that forced Pharaoh to admit the Truth and the miracles in Acts that paralyzed the power of the religious leaders will all pale in comparison to what is yet to come. Truth will triumph. Every injustice will be righted. Every captive of evil will be set free.