"we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
Who feels like that when you've witnessed something? If you've seen something significant, something out of the ordinary, what do you do? You want to share the news right? Tel others about it, whether it's a tragic, exciting or unusual situation we like to talk about the things that intrigue and interest us. This is just what the disciples did.
In the verse above, Peter and John, two of the disciples had been hauled up in front of the religious leaders of the time. They'd been questioned about what was going on and warned not to speak about Jesus any more. Their response; "we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
They both knew that what they had seen, what thy had experienced and now understood had to be told. It was a compulsion, an acknowledgment that they'd seen something marvellous, they were witnesses to Jesus; ministry, death, resurrection and ascension. How could they not talk about it?
Peter and John displayed; boldness, honesty, integrity, courage and determination. Why? Because they could not deny the truth. They knew what they knew and they knew what they'd seen, these things could not be denied. No matter what, they were going to continue to tell and show people who Jesus is. Do you live your faith the same? Have you had an encounter with God that is undeniable? Has He changed your life? Have you been impacted by the Holy Spirit? If the answer to any of these is yes, are you telling people about it? Are you sharing the good news with boldness as these disciples did?