12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. 13 No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. 14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.
Solomon’s Colonnade was in the temple precinct and we find Peter and John and the other Apostles there preaching and teaching and healing sick people. It is kind of like if you were to turn up to the Rod Laver Tennis arena and while on centre court there was a match between the first and twentieth seeds you were watching a game on one of the outer courts between an up and coming star and the fourth seed with the up and comer winning. Then in the next round you watch this lady again rather than go to the centre court but this time you bring some friends and by the time of the fourth round there are more people watching this up and comer than the centre court game. The organisers are getting more than a little annoyed because they have scheduled the ‘best’ matches for the centre court only for the crowd to make a different choice. Think of the religious leaders for whom temple worship was the pinnacle – but now much to their dismay, there was a crowd regularly gathering at Solomon’s Colonnade to listen to people speak about the guy they had killed just a few weeks prior, and more than that people were getting healed and the crowds kept building! Now people were coming from the towns around Jerusalem, not just from the city itself. Things were getting out of hand! And this is just the point – as the early church stepped out in faith – the people who did not have faith took notice and began to seek, began to have faith.
So how impacting is my faith – does it cause those who don’t have faith who surround me to begin to question, begin to seek? Is my witness, in word and deeds, like healing, making a difference to those who surround me? Where am I stepping out. These guys did so in the central place of Jerusalem. What is the central place of those I associate with so I can be there and proclaim the truth about the God I love in word and deed.
Father give me boldness and favour as I witness of my faith in and love for You!
Written by Ps.Richard Botta