Peter and John have encountered a lame man begging outside the temple. Peter tells him, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”(Acts 3:6). He wants it known that the miracle about to be performed is done by the power of Jesus. “And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God”(Acts 3:7-8). The man is immediately strengthened and begins to walk and jump around. He seems so excited that he doesn’t know what to do with himself.
As he enters the temple with Peter and John (whom he is clinging to, Acts 3:11), people begin to recognize him as the man who had been lame. They are “filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him”(Acts 3:10) and are “utterly astounded”(Acts 3:11). They know this man. They have passed by him daily, perhaps for many years. And now he is walking, jumping, and shouting about Jesus. It is hard to overstate how surprising this would be.
There is joy when burdens are lifted, prayers are answered, and healing is given. It makes us leap around, cling to our healer, and tell everyone what happened. God uses this energy to open doors for the gospel—so that people want to know just what has gotten us so excited.
------------- One Thing to Think About: Do I show others how joyful I am because of what God has done for me?
One Thing to Pray For: Open doors to tell the story of what Jesus has done in my life
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