Through Faith . . .
Acts 3:9-16 NLT
All the people saw him walking and heard him praising God. When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded! They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John. Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact! “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.
Reflection . . .
Peter saw an opportunity to share Jesus Christ with the people! After all the disciples had experienced during the ministry of Jesus on earth, they were now starting ministry wherever they went. This beggar had been healed and with all the commotion around this event, Peter took the opportunity to share the message of Jesus with the crowd. The people were well aware of what had happened to Jesus, and Peter focused his message to point to what was essential for them to know — that Faith in Jesus was what healed the man.
Faith in Jesus brings us into a right relationship with God.
When we are among friends, family, neighbours, and strangers, let’s take every opportunity to focus attention on what’s really important and what so many are missing — faith in Jesus!