I love that Stephen doesn't even respond to the charge against him. Instead of responding, he preaches Jesus. Stephen was the "little guy". He comes out of nowhere. He was a deacon...a helper. God uses the weak things to shame the strong and the foolish things to shame the wise. It is only in our weakness that his strength is made perfect.
I love that Jesus is "standing" at the right hand of God when Stephen sees his vision of Heaven, before Stephen is stoned to death. Normally, Jesus "sits" at the right hand of God, yet Luke writes in Acts 7, that Jesus was standing, not sitting! Jesus stands in our defense when we are being attacked...when we are suffering...when we are put "on trial" by mere humans...when that happens, there are really two trials happening at the same time...one on Earth, and one in Heaven.
So the Sanhedrin had Stephen on trial, but the "not guilty" verdict had already been pronounced in Heaven. Stephen is so sure of the grace of God in Jesus that he can echo Jesus' words and say, "Father forgive them, for they know not what they are doing." In other words, "the Lord will fight for you, all you need to do is be still."
In Christ Alone,