When the winds came they destroyed all of the man-made idols from the stadiums to the museums and from the coffee houses to the grand hotels that are in some of our most Cosmopolitan Cities. While Rome wasn’t built in a day, it was destroyed in one New York Minute. Still standing is the church. Still working are the people, the amazing wind that destroys strongholds, flows through the nostrils of the faithful, and builds bridges to new infrastructure to the our cities. We waited in the waiting room and now that the wind has subsided one of the men asks, “What are we waiting for?” Everyone laughs and moves from the garage out towards the causeway that leads us to the bridge. This is where Jim; Joseph; Simon and Jude leave their jobs and became mentors to men. This is where the boys become men and they have some stories to tell as they move toward the causeway.
Saul: Someone will pay for this destruction, the City of New York will not tolerate what the insurance companies call “An act of God!” Meanwhile these men of Brooklyn who were at the garage went out to the neighborhoods of Bed-stuy; Coney Island; Canarsie and Flatbush and people who were hurting were healed. The men gathered in front of Burough Hall near the Bridge and they increased in numbers in this outreach. There was a press conference on the steps of the hall:
Peter: I will make a statement and then I will take some questions. We are being called to account today for acts of kindness that we showed to the cripples, the in-firmed, to the special needs and the disabled. You asked how we do this? And I want to be clear, we do this in the name of Jesus Christ. We were broken and he was too. We were looking for a breakthrough and he taught us that we need to be broken to experience breakthrough. Look out towards the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a wonderful sign and a bridge not from Brooklyn to Manhattan (though physically it is) but this bridge is a breakthrough that we might cross to reach people with the gospel of Christ. You know and I know that he was ‘the stone you builders rejected, which now is considered to be the capstone!”
Reporter: By what political party are you a part of.
Peter: I am not from any political party.
Reporter: Will you be held for practicing medicine without a license?
Peter: You decide. Do you judge what is right in God’s sight or by your own set of laws?
Reporter: There is a report that you will seek a plea bargain and to be released you agreed to stop this healing.
Peter: My understanding is that was a warning. People witnessed the healing of this man and know what happened in the garage will be talked about for many years to come. You can’t stop prayer!” They can threaten but they can’t stop us and they can’t stop God. (Scattered applause) We have gone from being broken with Christ to experience His forgiveness and His love and that is a breakthrough.
When we first met the man at the pump, we were merely mechanics. We were baptized underneath the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge and now we were baptized by the power of the Spirit! Our highway became the road we followed. His story became our Causeway. Why do you rage against us? Why do you start rumors and why are you trying to keep us quiet? I know why–but do you? You would rather keep the blind men blinded, and the crippled-lame. You would rather stew in your own dead sea of laws than be healed yourselves. You can’t stop us because it is God who is on our side.