Passage:

3 1Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico
11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”

Commentary:

Peter and John heal a lame man by the name of Jesus. But they don’t heal him and leave him. Verse 8 says that the lame beggar leapt up and walked into the temple with Peter and John “walking and leaping and praising God.” The (previously) lame man was overcome with joy that his physcial expression was to jump but his spiritual expression was to worship. The man then stayed with Peter and John as they stood as witnesses to Jesus. Worship should be our natrual spiritual expression in all circumstances, but it is much more meaningful when we choose to worship with others.

2 Comments

  1. Chad

    One of my favorite things to this story was Peter who now stood with the power of the Holy Spirit was able to recognize the faith of the lame man. Proclaiming the name of Jesus restored the strength in a faithful mans legs. This lame mans prayers were answered by a fisherman! It’s the same Holy Spirit that we have today. I think we fail to remember that We too have this same power Peter had! We have the power to boldly declare in the name of Jesus through prayer. It’s the most untapped resource given to us. It wasn’t given to the elite or the most spiritual. Praise God it was given to all who believe! All we need is the same kind of faith the lame man had. I pray we have the kind of faith move mountains!

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    • Susan Holloran

      It brings a holy joy to my soul that the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth can make us whole from all that cripples us through the Holy Spirit who lives in us and authorizes us to enter in by His strength!
      “The greatest thing we can do is to pray. For we can accomplish far more by our prayers than by our work. Prayer is omnipotent; it can do anything that God can do – when we pray God works!” …”Prayer is our highest privilege, gravest responsibility, and the greatest power God has put into our hands.”( The Kneeling Christian-A Timeless Classic on Prayer)

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