Dec 31, 2017
In verses 1-10 of Acts 3, Luke provides us with a retelling of an encounter Peter and John had with a man who had been lame since birth. While Luke seems to present this as a chance encounter, it was anything but that. This was a God-ordained appointment, providing these two apostles with an opportunity to perform a miraculous sign and validate their role as ambassadors for Christ. What we have here is a continuation of the very same work Jesus had done when He was doing His earthly ministry. He had performed signs and wonders. He had healed. He had cast out demons. And He had told the disciples that they would do the same. “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father. Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” (John 14:12-14 NLT). Peter and John were going to rock this man’s world. They were going to shock and astonish the crowds gathered in the Temple grounds that day. And the miracle they performed would going to shatter any and all expectations, including those of the lame man and of the crowd who had gathered at the Temple for prayer. None of them had showed up that day expecting anything spectacular to happen. They had come to the Temple to worship God, but never expected Him to show up.