So they seized them and put them in custody until the next day, since it was already evening. But many of those who heard the message believed, and the number of the men came to about 5,000. Acts 4:3-4 HCSB
Going to jail has sometimes been used as a fundraiser. A person is put in jail and then has to call friends and relatives to get them to give money to a particular cause. When a pre-determined amount of money has been raised the person is released from jail. In this case, going to jail can be a fun experience, but in reality no one really wants to be locked up and lose his freedom.
The Sadducees instructed the temple police to arrest Peter and John and hold them until the next day. The religious leaders thought they could silence Peter and John by arresting them but note that the message of Jesus Christ was not stopped. People who heard the message believed and 5,000 men accepted Christ as Lord and Savior.
Challenge: Would you be willing to go to jail so 5,000 men could be saved? Would you be willing to take a stand for Christ even though you would be persecuted and possibly killed because of your beliefs? Just as Peter and John were willing to take risks for sharing the Gospel message, you must be willing to face risks to take a stand for your Christian beliefs. Nothing done for God is ever wasted. God can take even the negative, like being arrested, and make good come from it.