But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.”(KJV) – Acts 2:14
Perhaps you remember playing “Red Rover” as a child, where we stood hand-in-hand in two parallel lines singing for someone from the other team to be sent “right over.” The called would come running at the line, trying to break through a pair of tightly held hands. When successful, the runner breaking through, someone from your team would be lost, taken away to the other side. But if our grip held, standing strong together, the runner would become part of our team, our numbers and strength growing with every addition.
The Apostles knew they would need to stand strong, side by side, in order to withstand all those who would run to destroy their grip and diminish the new Church. Today, we continue to invite others to come right over and be a part of our team. There is always room to take the hand of a runner, even if they come from another team, charging the line, we will catch them in our arms and enlarge our fellowship of love.