Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Acts 3

One day Peter and John were going to the temple for prayer (ninth hour prayer). A man lame from birth sat at the gate every day asking for money. As Peter and John entered the gate, the man asked them for money. Apparently he didn't make eye contact with them. He just spoke the words. This was probably the norm. Peter said, "Look at us." Eye contact is powerful in and of itself. But then Peter, revealing that his transformation was still taking shape, told the man that they didn't have any money to give him, but they did have something else to offer him. Peter said, "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!"

The man stood and began to walk, but before he was even in the temple he was leaping and praising God. Once again, those observing were filled with wonder and amazement.

Peter now had another opportunity to preach. He stood in what was known as Solomon's Porch. This would become the site of much of the public preaching done by Peter and the apostles. Peter once again cut right to the point - that they had murdered the Son of God. There was good news, though. They could be forgiven. He said, "Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord..." (3:19-20).

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