AMIDST PERSECUTION Part II

AMIDST PERSECUTION Part II

Leslie M. John

It all started when Peter and John were on their way to the Temple at the ninth hour for prayer that they saw a man of 40 years of age, who was lame in his legs, lying at the gate called “Beautiful” of the temple. He was lame from the time when he was in his mother’s womb. Those who helped him laid him daily at the gate of the temple, in order that he may make his life by asking and receiving alms at that gate.

Peter and John were entering into the temple when the lame man asked them alms, just as he was asking anyone else. They felt compassion on him, and Peter said to him that they had neither silver nor gold to give to him, but said he would give what he had.   Peter said to the lame man “…In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6)

Peter took him by the right hand, and lifted him up. The lame man received strength in his ankle and stood up and not only leaped up and walked but also entered into the temple praising God.

The people, who saw him walk, also praised God as the lame man did. They saw him daily at the “Beautiful” gate of the temple asking alms from visitors, and when they saw him walk and leap with joy, they marveled. As they stood in amazement Peter spoke elaborately praising God instead of taking credit for himself. He knew that he was only an instrument in the hands of God, and he being an instrument could not heal, or do any miracle by himself, and therefore, gave acknowledged the works of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Peter questioned the people as to why they were marveling, or why they looked at him and John so earnestly as if they healed the lame by their power or holiness. They acknowledged that the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob and the God of their fathers, who glorified His Son Jesus, whom the men of Israel delivered up and denied in the presence of Pontius Pilate, even as Pilate was determined to let Jesus go. Pilate declared Jesus as “just”, and yet delivered Him to be crucified.  Jesus did nothing that deserved death. People preferred a murderer, whose name was Barabbas, to be released instead of Jesus. Peter and John were witnesses to the death of innocent Lord Jesus, the Prince of life, but God raised Him from the dead. Jesus was buried in the grave, and the grave could not hold him up, nor was His body corrupted.

In that powerful name of Lord Jesus of Nazareth through faith was the lame man healed. The lame man grew strong.  Lord Jesus deserved worship and praise. Peter gave credit to the Lord and acknowledged that in the name of Jesus of Nazareth through faith the lame man was healed.  He admonished that they did it in their ignorance and, therefore, they should repent and be converted that their sins may be blotted out (cf. Acts 3:12-20)

Similar offer is available even today that if we confess by mouth our sins to the Lord and accept Him as the Lord, and believe in heart that God raised Him from the dead, we receive salvation and everlasting life to be with the Lord forever and ever. Every sin, except that of blasphemy of Holy Spirit, is forgivable by Lord Jesus Christ.

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9)

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)