13. When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and knew that they had been with Jesus.
The “they” mentioned here in the first part of this verse refers to the Jewish religious leaders. After some very pointed preaching on the person of Jesus, the religious leaders knew something was different with these men. Although they knew they had no training and no formal education, they seemed to be have great insight to matters pertaining to God and His Son. If it wasn’t formal training or formal education that made the difference, what was it? The difference was having been with Jesus.
This is a good question for each of us. Have you been with Jesus? Have you spent quality time with Him lately? Better yet, if someone were to look at your life could they tell that you had been with Jesus? Bible study, devotions, and quiet times are great tools that enable us to be “with” Jesus. A believer should never have to tell someone they have been spending time with Jesus. People should be able to see it all over us.