"The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and the other men of the high priest's family." NIV translation
After being arrested and thrown in jail over night, now, Peter and John are brought to the temple for judgment. Now, they have to stand before people that have much to lose if the resurrection of Jesus is true. You see, if the resurrection is true, then there is no longer any reason for the high priest. If he lost his place, the whole family would lose wealth and power.
"They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: 'By what power or what name did you do this?'" NIV translation
Now the leaders of the temple start to ask them about who gave them the authority to heal the beggar and to talk to the crowd. You see, Peter and John are a threat to them. We have the same opportunity as Peter and John. You see, by their actions, people start to ask them questions. This is an opportunity to share with people about Jesus.
"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: 'If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed."" NIV translation
What a comeback for someone who had denied Christ three times on the day that Jesus was crucified. Now, that same Peter is standing up and boldly proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus. He boldly states that it is only through the power of our risen Savior that the crippled man was healed. Can you imagine how easy it would have been for Peter to take credit for what happened? But, no, Peter informs them that it is through the one that they had crucified.
Are you prepared to boldly proclaim the Gospel as Peter did? We are all called to be ready to do so.
"'He is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.'" NIV translation
In the first part of these verses, Peter is quoting from the Psalms and King David. He is reminding the crowd once again that they rejected salvation through Jesus Christ. The capstone he is mentioning was not like the other stones in building. It was cut better and was the stone that the others were aligned with to make the building square. Peter reminds them that no matter whether they accept it or not,. Jesus is the only way to salvation.
That is as true as ever today. It is popular to say that all the "religions" need to get along and that we are all going to the same place only taking different paths. That is a lie out of the depths of hell. Just as Peter said here, there is no other name.