“If we are being put on trial here today and examined concerning a good deed done to benefit a feeble, helpless cripple, by what means this man has been restored to health.” Acts 4:9 Amplified
In our verse today Peter is speaking to the members of the Sanhedrin regarding the healing of a crippled man. The council had asked them, Peter and John, to explain how they healed the man, by what power or authority. In a round a bout way Peter is telling them that the good deed done should be the most important thing, but if they were going to ask how it was done then he would tell them. Peter continues, “Let it be known and understood by all of you, and by the whole house of Israel, that in the name and through the power and authority of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom you crucified, but Whom God raised from the dead, in Him and by means of Him this man is standing here before you well and sound in body.”
We don’t usually see people who do good deeds put on trial. In this case the Jewish leaders weren’t really concerned about the healing this man received, they were after the healers. John and Peter had stepped outside of the parameters of acceptable behavior by healing the man. Now all the people were looking at them instead of their heritage. It says in verse 4 that “their number grew and came to about 5,000.”
When we step outside of our normal pattern of behavior we’ll sometimes be challenged by the keepers of consensus. “They” will tell us we must behave like everyone else does. Jesus wants us to step out of our comfort zone to meet the needs of those around us. The key from this story is that if we are asked why we did something, if it is of the Lord, then speak that and testify to Him.