“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/Peter Heals The Crippled Beggar

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Jesus, What A Wonder You Are”, Juanita Bynum

“Peter Heals the Crippled Beggar”, Acts 3:1) Now Peter and John went up together into the Temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.  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 (a kindness) of them that entered into the Temple:  John 9:8.  3) Who seeing Peter and john about to go into the Temple asked an alms.  4) And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.  5) And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them.  6) Then Peter said, silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee:  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  1Peter 4:10.  7) And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up:  and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  8) And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.  9) And all the people saw him walking and praising God:  10) And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. 

Quest Study Bible –  Why would Christians worship in a Jewish Temple? (3:1) Luke shows Jesus’ early followers to be faithful Jews as well.  Jesus fulfilled God’s promises to Israel–showing God’s faithfulness,  not His rejection.  So the Temple, the center of Jewish religious life, remained a place of worship for the first Christians.  They often met there for what were later traditional Jewish prayer times, 9:00a.m., 3:00p.m., and sunset.  Why did Peter command healing rather than pray for it? (3;6) Peter expected God to heal this man, but he didn’t command God to do it.  He did, however, tell the man how he should respond to God’s miracle.  Because this man had been crippled all his life, Peter told him what was necessary to make healing a reality for him.  Then Peter helped him to his feet.  The man would never have received God’s healing, if he had not responded in faith.   

Nelson’s Compact Commentary – v2, 3, The lame man was laid at the gate called Beautiful.  This gate opened into the Court of the Women from the outer Court of the Gentiles.  It served as the front door to the Temple Proper (entrance).  The Beautiful Gate would have been an ideal place for a man to position himself for begging. v4-6, The Apostle represented Jesus Christ.  Because of His name—- who He is, the beggar would receive the miracle of God.  As Apostles, with power of God to perform signs and wonders, they simply told him to rise up and walk.  v7, 8, his feet and ankle bones received strength:  Luke, a physician by profession, described what took place.  The feet suddenly could bear the man’s weight.  v9,10, The people had seen the man day after day, perhaps year after year.  When he stood and walked, the only reasonable explanation was that God had healed him.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday and to day, and for ever.  Hebrews 13:8.  Nelson’s CC – yesterday:  Christ gave His Grace to the former leaders who trusted Him (13:7).  today and forever:  Christ’s Grace, His kindness and blessings, is presently and permanently available to all who believe in Him.  Praise God!

What He did for the crippled man then; He will do for a crippled man now and forever.  Hallelujah!

More to come and God Bless You!   


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