And now, Lord, look at their threats, and grant it to Your bond-servants to speak Your word with all confidence, 30 while You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.”
-- Acts 4:29-30
It has been a common refrain to show proof that our claims about Jesus are real. The high priests asked Jesus for a sign and he told them they would only get the sign of Jonah, who spent 3 days in the belly of the great fish. These Christians asked that Jesus would give them signs and wonders to prove that their words about him were true. They understood that people react to proof much better than to just words. We only have words and proofs are rarer then during the early church, but they still happen. We can ask for them too, and God may give them to us, if we will use them wisely.
For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever Your hand and purpose predestined to occur.
-- Acts 4:28
The sacrifice of Jesus looked like everyone was against Jesus as verse 27 confirms, and God the Father was too, or so it seemed. He predestined the crucifixion but these others did it of their own account. God the Father did it, or allowed it, not because of vindictive hate, as the others did, but for the love of us. There was not other way for us to be saved, and it was planned and done for us, the undeserving.
For truly in this city there were gathered together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel,
-- Acts 4:27
King David prophesied that everyone would be against Christ, and they all were. It is funny that those most educated in the scriptures, would miss the prophecy that spoke about them being against the Messiah. It is also funny that they missed this and picked only verses that talked about a political and military role. God had bigger plans for his Messiah which included those of us who are Christians today. We are happily among the group who is for him.