When Annas the high priest and his kindred had Peter brought forth from confinement, they sought to procure his condemnation out of his own mouth. Facing these "rulers of the people, and elders of Israel," the apostle gave strong and memorable answers to their questioning. They sought information as to the great and to them mysterious force which was at that time quickening the people of Palestine, turning them from the old ritual and belief, lifting them from the pleasure and coincident suffering of sense to the enduring joys of Spirit, opening the eyes of the blind and giving strength, health, and uprightness to the impotent and crippled.

To the unawakened sense of the priests some power, to them unknown, was daily manifesting itself among those who had in the past looked to them for guidance in all things seemingly spiritual, and thousands were believing and rejoicing in this new-found ideas with which they as priests and rulers had nothing in common. To the material sense of these men their temporal power and authority were endangered, their apparent ascendency over the masses by reason of an excess of culture and education was waning, and naturally against an unseen agency which threatened their self-created dynasty there went forth a cry of treason. With its usual cunning, mortal thought must select some person or persons as the target for punishment; hence the arrest of Peter and his associate, their confinement, and examination on the morrow.

The people were still wondering over the strange healing of the lame man at the Beautiful gate of the temple, and of this demonstration these rulers demanded information. The question thrust at the two servants of God, "By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?" brought forth the answer which may be repeated here daily and hourly as the answer to the same question constantly propounded by the modern self-constituted rulers of mortal thought: "By the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner."

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August 26, 1911

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