It’s one of those “wow, I never saw that” moments.
As I was reading in Acts I came upon the story in chapter 12 of Peter being arrested by Herod. But an angel released him from the prison cell.
Peter realizes he’s not dreaming and heads to where the disciples are gathered together praying for him.
He knocks on the door but no one wants to believe its Peter. The household actually believe he’s dead.
Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren.” And he departed and went to another place. Acts 12:16-17
This is nothing short of a God-miracle. But it’s not the release from prison or the unbelief of the disciples that I noticed this time.
This was a fantastic moment in the life of Peter. He raised his hand and declared to the others this story of deliverance. He wanted the other apostles to know he was okay and then he left!
That’s what caught my attention.
He didn’t stay around to be pat on the back. He didn’t stay around to eat. He didn’t stay around to keep teaching or preaching.
He left and went someplace else! Perhaps he didn’t want to stay and “preach to the choir” but wanted to reach out to more that needed to hear the Good News of Jesus.
There’s no record of where he went but it’s a great lesson for ministers today – say what you have to say and move on because there is someone else that’s someplace else that also needs to hear the Good News.