Things have been going well for the young church Jesus started and the Holy Spirit was empowering. Even though Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin and told to stop it, things were relatively serene for this young movement.
Until a married couple named Ananias and Sapphira attempt to lie about what they sold their property for. They both end up dying, and a “great fear” swept the church.
Furthermore, more and more miracles via the Holy Spirit were occurring which caught the attention of the ruling council (the Sanhedrin) again. Through an interesting series of events, the disciples ended up being flogged and told not to speak about Jesus again. To which the disciples were overjoyed because they suffered for the sake of Jesus Christ.
“We must obey God rather than men,” is what they said! Incredible.
The young movement dubbed “The Way” is experiencing a little persecution… however, this is nothing compared to what is to come…