After more than 3,000 people were saved at Pentecost in Jerusalem, the apostles went from house to house to preach the gospel and share the good news about the risen Messiah, Yeshua of Nazareth, the begotten son of God and deliverer of mankind.
“3 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.” (Acts 3:1)
The ninth hour was 3pm, nine hours after 6am when Jews were called to perform a ritual known as evening sacrifice.
Peter and John were very close, and often ministered together in the infancy of Christ’ church. Since early Christians were mostly Jews, they continued to observe Jewish rituals including attending temple worship, where they shared the truth about the resurrected Messiah.
“2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; 3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.” (Acts 3:2-3)
Because it was common for beggars to stand near the gates of places of worship, where their afflictions could draw benevolence, a lame man who had been handicapped since birth was laid at the temple’s gate in hope of a handout.
“4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” 5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. 6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” 7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” (Acts 3:4-7)
Anointed with the Holy spirit, and the spiritual gift of healing bestowed onto him by the Lord Himself, Peter healed the lame man, in the name of Jesus as a sign of the divine power trusted to those chosen by God.
“8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with hem—walking, leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” (Acts 3:8-10)
Healed by faith, and by the divine power of God delivered through the apostle Peter, the rejuvenated man was seen walking, leaping and giving praise to Yahweh, the God of Israel.
This miracle was used by God as a testimony to His power and majesty, for all those present to witness and believe, so they too could be saved from the wages of their sin which is eternal anguish in Hell, where all men and women belong. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Luke,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre