11 The man was holding on to Peter and John. All the people were amazed. They came running to them at the place called Solomon’s Porch. 12 When Peter saw this, he said, “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us? It’s not as if we’ve made this man walk by our own power or godliness. 13 The God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has done this. God has brought glory to Jesus, who serves him. But you handed Jesus over to be killed. Pilate had decided to let him go. But you spoke against Jesus when he was in Pilate’s court. 14 You spoke against the Holy and Blameless One. You asked for a murderer to be set free instead. 15 You killed the one who gives life. But God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 This man whom you see and know was made strong because of faith in Jesus’ name. Faith in Jesus has healed him completely. You can see it with your own eyes.
The lame beggar had been miraculously healed through Peter. The commotion he made in his joy and gratitude to God brought people from everywhere to see what was going on. V. 12 says ‘Peter saw his opportunity’. He spoke to the crowd about where the miracle had actually come from; that God did it in order to glorify his son Jesus. He reminds them that this is the same righteous Jesus who they murdered. The Jews had the power to crucify him; God had the power to raise him from the dead. Faith in this Jesus allowed God to heal this crippled man before their very eyes.
The miracle itself is astounding- they all knew this man as he came to the temple each day to beg. There was no denying what had happened. What is more impressive is that Peter was ready and switched on to use this situation to explain who Jesus was. The people were there marvelling and wondering at the healing; this was perfect timing for Peter to chime in with a few answers. God did the miracle. He did it to glorify Jesus. He did it because of the faith that the man had in the name of Jesus. God is all powerful and faith in Jesus gives access to God. Simple
There are two important questions here for me. 1. Am I prepared to speak at the drop of a hat when a great opportunity presents to talk about God? 2. Do I recognise these openings by paying attention and looking for them?
Dear Lord, you provide the miracles around me, please help me to notice and to be ready to respond to people as they question.
Written by Dimity Milne