It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword.
When he saw that this met with approval among the Jews, he proceeded to seize Peter also. This happened during the Festival of Unleavened Bread.
After arresting him, he put him in prison, handing him over to be guarded by four squads of four soldiers each. Herod intended to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
Life has a way of lowering your expectations.
Human beings have an infinite capacity to adjust downward.
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.
When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.
Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door.
When she recognized Peter's voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, "Peter is at the door!"
"You're out of your mind," they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, "It must be his angel."
It is unreasonable not to expect God to intervene
"We modern people think of miracles as the suspension of the natural order, but Jesus meant them to be the restoration of the natural order." - Tim Keller
Therefore, we expect a miracle!
You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so become the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
After the wreck of many hopes...
After the wreck of many hopes... Abraham hoped again.
What could an infinite God do?
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