Peter Heals the Lame Man: Acts 3:1-11.
The book of Acts is sometime called the book of the acts of the Holy Spirit. In Chapter one, the apostles were waiting for the Holy Spirit, in Chapter two marked the coming of the Holy Spirit and in Chapter three, the apostles were empowered by the Spirit. Peter and John went to the temple for their traditional prayer. As they entered the temple compound through the gate called "Beautiful", they met a man who was lame from birth. He asked for alms. Giving alms was a practice of the Jewish faith. Peter and John had no money to give. But in the name of Jesus the beggar was healed. Peter freely healed the one who had no right to claim it. He gave evidence of healing by “Walking and leaping, and praising God”. Along with apostles he entered the temple. People looked on him with amazement. This is a picture of what salvation does in our lives. Once we were spiritually lame and unable to do anything to please God. We have nothing to offer in exchange for our salvation. In the interaction with the beggar, apostles shown concern for weak and afflicted. Gospel extends power of healing to one who has no right or ability to claim it. Pray that God would give us tender heart to share the gospel to those who are in need of salvation.
Peter’s Second Sermon: Acts 3:12-26.
People marveled at the healing of the lame man. Peter took this opportunity to address the Jewish crowd and said that this miracle was the work of the God their fathers. He was healed in the name of Jesus whom they have denied and crucified. He is the Holy One, the Just One, the prince of life and the God’s only Son. You killed the righteous one but God raised him from the dead. Jesus is the Messiah and His suffering was foretold by the prophets (Deut 18:15; Act 3:22). Starting with Moses, every prophet spoke about Jesus. Even though Israel failed to honor their Messiah, God continues to call them back to himself. The refreshment mentioned here may be a reference to the millennium reign which is to come (Zechariah 12:10-14). God will once again deal with the nation of Israel and bless them (Rom 11:26-27). God is faithful in the promises he made with their father Abraham. “And in your seed, all the families of the earth will be blessed” (Gen 12:3; Acts 3:25). Peter urged them to repent of their sins and to trust Jesus to be saved. True repentance is not feeling sorry for sins but the change of mind about sins and the Savior. It is admitting that what God says is true. Salvation is the supernatural work of God’s grace. Jesus is the fulfillment of God's plan of salvation from the beginning. Pray that God would give you a tender heart for those who are perishing in their sin and to share the gospel with them. Are you saved?