In a rage King Herod seized Peter and threw him in prison. James was just killed and the thirst for blood of the crowd was insatiable. A public trial is set for the next day, with the crowds against him. Arrested, put in prison, chained between two soldiers, guarded by 16 soldiers with more Sentry guards at the entrance. I never really thought of Peter as a gladiator in need of 20 armed guards. Peter was singled out, he was on his own. He was beaten and stripped, and the trial was right at hand. The odds were not in his favor. The crowds were stirring up trouble. And what does Peter do? Peter went to sleep chained between the two guards.
That night as Peter slept, suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. The light didn’t wake Peter up. This had been a bad day, he was out cold. The angel struck Peter on the side and that woke him up. “Quick, get up!” the angel said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. The rattling of the chains, the light, and the freeing release of his wrists were all a blur. The angel snaps him into gear, gets him up and going. “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him.
Now that’s a wake up shake up! Stuck in an impossible situation lulled to sleep by the darkness, Peter needed to wake up get it in gear and get moving. Get up and go! Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go! Shoes, keys, wallet, phone, coffee. Let’s go we’re out the door! Sometimes we need to feel the push, wake up, see the light, and hear the get up and go. Now things are coming into focus.
Peter followed the angel out of the prison, they passed the first and second guards, and then they came to the Iron Gate leading to the city. The Iron Gate opened for them by itself, and they went through it. The chains opened, the jail door opened, and finally the gate to the city opened. It was such a miraculous occurrence that Peter questioned whether or not it was a dream. Then he realized without a doubt that the Lord had rescued him from Herod’s clutches, an eye-opening miracle. When the gate to the city opened Peter's doubts were gone. It is the Lord!
Feel the Push
See the light
Get Up and Go
Drop the Doubt
Peter goes straight to Mary’s house (John’s mom). It is crowded, Rhoda goes to the door, “Who is it?” It was Peter, but how could that be possible? Rhoda recognized Peter’s voice and was so excited, leaves him waiting at the door without opening it and goes to tell everyone, “Peter is at the door!” They don’t believe her either, but Peter kept on knocking, when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished.