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BIBLE READING


ACTS 3:1-10

 

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.


6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

 

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Here was this man waiting at the gate of the temple, called Beautiful. The striking thing about this is that when he asked for money from Peter, Peter stopped, and said to him, Look at us. This is no small detail, because this follows the example of Jesus, perhaps you have noticed that whenever Jesus wanted to heal anyone. He never walked up to someone and merely touched him and healed him, without first directing the individuals attention to himself. He always captivated the attention of the individuals he wanted to heal, directed them to focus their eyes upon him. One reason for this is that this arouses a sense of expectation. Jesus always said to the crowds to which he preached, He who has ears, let him hear... (Matthew 11:15) Let them listen. This man expected to receive something from Peter and John. He did not know what he was going to get. What is described here in this story makes me think that there is a connection between our expectation and receiving from God. You must expect something from God.


The moment Peter had this man's attention, he did two very interesting things: First, he admitted “Silver or gold I do not have,” he said. That's what you are looking for, but I can't help you there, Peter tells the man. Second, Peter demonstrates his sufficiency in Jesus: “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”


In that thrilling moment, as this man was looking at Peter and John, and heard these words, at the mention of the name of Jesus something incredible happened. Strength came flowing into his body, and Peter, perceiving it, took him by the right hand and lifted him up. The man rose and began to leap and shout and jump around, revealing the new found strength in his legs which he had never known until this moment, because he “was lame from birth”.


Notice what Peter says to the crowd starting at Acts 3:11,


. . . all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? . . . 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.


A lame man was made to walk again by the power of God. Amazing!! Yet, equally amazing is the miracle that takes place when individuals are saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. Transformed lives are the most powerful testimonies. The transformation that takes place draws others to the power of the risen Jesus. That is what makes the difference, changed lives, lives transformed by the power of the gospel. When people see lives that have been transformed it makes all the difference in the world. And this is the church, a community of people whose lives have been transformed by the power of the gospel.

 

PRAYER




God, thank you for the person and power of the name of Jesus. The name that still is transforming women and men, as it always has.

We thank you for those demonstrations of your power yet today. We know that you can change a sick and ailing body and make it well. But also you can take a sick and ailing spirit and make it whole. Amen.



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