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Rise Up and Walk
Bible Passage Acts 3:1-10
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2022 & books Acts, Luke.

Rise Up and Walk

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached December 19, 2022

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, which was the ninth hour;

2 And a certain man who was lame from his mother’s womb was being carried, whom they placed daily at the temple door which is called Beautiful, to beg alms from those who were going into the temple.

3 When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms.

4 But Peter and John, intently observing him, said, “Look on us.”

5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.

6 But Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have; but what I do have, this I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarean, rise up and walk.”

7 Then taking him by the right hand, he raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankle bones were strengthened.

8 And leaping up, he stood and walked; and he entered into the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.

9 Now all the people saw him walking and praising God.

10 And they recognized him, that he was the one who had been sitting at the temple gate called Beautiful, asking for alms; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened to him.

BACKGROUND ✝
On one of their visits to the temple, Peter and John healed a crippled beggar. The man had been lying at the gate that led from the outer public court to the inner courts where only Jews were allowed, but as soon as he was healed he followed the apostles into the temple, jumping and praising God.

Though the apostles had a new faith, they remained loyal Jews. So, they went to pray together in the Temple with other Jews. There were three special times when they prayed together. They prayed in the morning, noon and afternoon.

Poor and sick people often waited at the entrance to a holy place and asked for money there. This was a custom. Perhaps people might be more generous when they were going to worship God.

This beggar was placed at the door called Beautiful. The Beautiful Gate was one gate of the Temple. The Temple probably had 9 gates in total. Josephus, a writer in the first century, describes a beautiful bronze gate in the Temple. Perhaps this was the Beautiful Gate.

Peter stared at the man and told him to look at them. The man thought that they would give money to him, but Peter gave him something much better. Be cured him ‘in the name of Jesus Christ’. This meant that he healed the man with Christ’s power and authority.

Peter did not just watch the man. He helped the man to stand up. Peter had seen Jesus when Jesus held the hand of Jairus’s daughter (Luke 8:54). Like Jesus, Peter wanted to show that he cared. He wanted to encourage the man to walk by faith.

‘Immediately the man’s feet and ankles became strong.’ The man had never been able to walk. His legs were probably very weak. But they became strong immediately. Luke, the author of this passage was a doctor. He carefully described everything that happened. The man walked and he jumped. This was a real miracle.

Again, Luke wrote that the man was walking, to emphasize that the man’s feet and legs were working for the first time ever. People recognized him as a man who had never been able to walk. They could not understand how he was able to walk at that time. They thought that this was impossible. But nothing is impossible for God.

LESSONS ✍🏽
🔷 There is nothing impossible for our God.

🔷 The name of Christ carries much authority and power to heal and restore. Those who believe it will receive it

🔷 Believers should not settle on anything less, but demand the best from God who is able to do all things

🔷 Mature believers should be able to teach and lead others to the full knowledge of Christ in order for them to receive the full benefits

PRAYER POINTS 🙏🏽
💥 Pray that you will be able to carry Christ’s power to all people and places
💥 Pray for someone to be restored by God

CONCLUSION📙
The name and the power of Jesus Christ transform and restore all persons. Each believer has something more extraordinary than Christmas gifts and hampers. Even though they are also important, the foremost gift to offer someone is prayer support and the message of hope and restoration that is found in Christ Jesus.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections