This large group of new Christians continue to worship God in the temple together (Acts 2:46). “Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple”(Acts 3:1-2). This infirmed man survives on the generosity of others—those who carry him to the temple gate and those who give him money. As he asks Peter and John for money, Luke gives very specific details: “And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’ And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them”(Acts 3:4-5). They notice this man and look intently at him. He gives them full attention because he believes they will give him alms.
“But Peter said, ‘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). Peter’s gift is not money—he tells him he doesn’t have any—but something far greater. He commands the man to walk, sharing the gift of his power with him. But he also tells him precisely who is doing the healing here: “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.” This man is about to receive an unexpected gift, but it is not from Peter alone.
I am intrigued by the fact that Peter goes out of his way to mention the name of Jesus. He explicitly identifies Jesus as “Christ,” meaning the messiah. Over the next several chapters, everywhere they go the apostles will mention Jesus, getting his name into the people’s minds and properly attributing his work. This lame man will receive an unexpected gift—and he knows precisely who is responsible.
------------- One Thing to Think About: Do I mention Jesus’ name often to others?
One Thing to Pray For: Opportunities to help others—and thereby introduce them to Jesus
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