Let’s say you’re a contestant on Jeopardy. One of the categories is “The Bible.” Right in your wheelhouse. When it’s your turn, you get your swag on and say, “Alex, I’ll take ‘The Bible’ for $1,000.” It’s a DAILY DOUBLE! You risk it all. The clue is, “A wise man.” You confidently ask, “Who is Solomon?” Alex says, “No, I’m sorry. The correct question is, “Who is Gamaliel?” You try not to look dumbfounded but think to yourself, “Gamaliel? Never heard of him.”
Gamaliel was a respected rabbi and leader of the Jewish Sanhedrin when Christianity was in its infancy. The teachings of Christ were misunderstood. The apostles were healing many, and that made the Pharisees jealous. They wanted to kill this thing in its cradle. Gamaliel spoke up: “Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God” (Acts 5:38,39).
And here we are proving Gamaliel right. The apostles never stopped teaching the good news of Jesus. Christianity spread from one person to another, from house church to house church, from nation to nation, continent to continent, from their millennium to ours. Jesus is from God. We are living proof that when something is from God, no one can stop it. Now it’s our turn to keep it going.