June 3 – Acts 3:1-10

June 3 – Acts 3:1-10

Peter Heals a Crippled Beggar

Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.

Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene,[a] get up and[b] walk!”

Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God, he went into the Temple with them.

All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. 10 When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! 

Acts 3:1-10 (NLT)

One Comment

    Jason Parsons

    The boldness of Peter and John is astounding. Peter and John were silent when Jesus was on trial and on the cross but yet after the Holy Spirit lives in them, they seem to be as bold as Jesus was when he walked this earth. Jesus called the religious leaders a brood of vipers and told people if they wanted to be his disciples they must deny themselves, pick up their cross and follow him. It is a mistake to say Jesus wasn’t bold. Likewise, Peter and John healing in Jesus’ name in the temple was similarly bold. They risked (as you will see in tomorrow’s reading) beatings, imprisonment, etc. This was the first of many bold actions and statements in the book of Acts. There is obviously boldness in the wrong way but boldness that is centered on and used to expand Jesus’ mission in the world is needed and valued.

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