Peter and John were about to enter the temple through the Beautiful Gate to pray at 3pm one day. A man who had been lame from birth was begging at this gate. Keep in mind that Jesus and the disciples probably walked by this man before and had not healed him. But Peter who had been filled with faith at that moment, got this man’s attention, commanded him to rise and walk, grabbed his right hand and lifted him up. As the lame man was being raised up, his feet and ankles received strength, and he was healed.
The impact was immediate. The man entered the temple with Peter and John and was walking, leaping, and praising God. The people watching this man knew he was lame. Peter had to deflect the attention from them to God. “So when Peter saw it, he responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you marvel at this? Or why look so intently at us, as though by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” (Acts 3:12)
We learned later that this miracle provided the opportunity for Peter to preach salvation in Jesus Christ and about five thousand people believed. The next day, Peter and John were arrested by the Jewish authorities, who marveled at their boldness. “Now when they [rulers of the people and elders of Israel] saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13) But they also acknowledged that a miracle had taken place. “What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it.” (Acts 4:16)
Yet Peter described the event in more humble terms. “If we this day are judged for a good deed done to a helpless man, by what means he has been made well, let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. (Acts 4:9-10)
The miracle was described by Peter as a good deed. What I want us to grasp about this miracle is:
- We are able to walk in the Spirit as we spend time with Jesus.
- Miracles occur when we listen to and are led by the Spirit.
- Miracles are good works. Some are more spectacular and supernatural than others.
- When a miracle occurs, God is glorified.
- Generally, we will have the opportunity to explain to the miracle recipient that it was by the power of God in Jesus Christ.
We have so many good works to do in this world through Jesus Christ, as we spend more quality time with Him. May others see that we too have been with Jesus.