It is very difficult to argue with facts. It was obvious the Jewish leadership would gladly argue with theological issues all day long, but, how does one argue with a lame beggar restored to full strength. He was walking and jumping and praising God. I am sure that the people were, in fact, mystified that these two disciples could complete such an act and were giving the glory to the recently executed prophet.
But, Peter was compelled to tell the story of the amazing Savior and Messiah. The Savior he had denied knowing now captured his every waking thought. And, when the opportunity arose he shared the one message of hope to any and all that would listen. Jesus lives and Jesus saves! People could not deny what they were seeing. There was power in that amazing name.
The great news is that there is still power in his name. Even now, when it seems the world has literally lost its mind; the Savior’s message of hope still rings true. He still has the power to heal and save that which is sick and lost. We simply need to believe He is God and ask to be in relationship with Him. Then, like the lame beggar, we too can experience His power to save heal and restore us. It is no secret formula, it is a commitment to return to God and follow His plan for our lives. That was, is and will always be the greatest miracle of all.
God Bless You
While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.
17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’