Supernatural healing of the crippled man

Zig Ziglar tells the story of boy that went with his mother to the old general store. He liked to sneak away from his mother and when no one was looking he would dip his finger into the large barrel of molasses. The storekeeper caught him doing this and decided to teach the boy a … More

Opportunity

God’s supernatural healing, of the man that was crippled, brought amazement from those at the temple, and soon a crowd had gathered (v. 11). Peter took this opportunity to direct everyone’s attention to Christ and give God the glory (vv 12-13). In lifting up Jesus, he turned the attention of the crowd away from the lame man, the apostles of Jesus, and away from Peter.

He preached to them Jesus, whom they had rejected and crucified, and whom God raised from the dead (vv. 14-16). Peter was speaking to a crowd who knew the Scriptures and also knew the events that had recently taken place in Jerusalem. (Luke 22:18) He was speaking to people who had chosen a murderer, and killed the Author of Life. Could any crime be greater? He drew all this together to tell them how the healing of the lame man was through faith in Christ’s name. This could not be done by two ordinary fishermen without God being with them. The beggar was living proof, so no one denied the miracle. Here are three things we can learn from Peter’s preaching: 

  1. He stressed the basic fact that the crucifixion was the greatest crime in human history. He tried to stab men’s minds with the realization of the sheer crime of the Cross. It is as if he said, “Look what sin can do.”
  2. He also stressed the importance of the resurrection. It is simple fact that without the resurrection the Church would never have come into being.
  3. He stressed the power of the Risen Lord. Therein lies the secret of the Christian life. So long as the Christian thinks only of what he can do and be, there can be nothing but failure. But when he thinks of “not I, but Christ in me” there can be nothing but peace and power.

 

Application

Peter had an audience and he capitalized on the opportunity. I need to pray that I will see the opportunities God gives to me and use them to speak up for Christ.

Acts 3:11-16 (English Standard Version)

While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon's. 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? 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. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 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."

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