“And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.” (1)
In Biblical accounts it was a customary part of devotion to God to come daily to the temple to worship and pray. Peter and John on their way into the temple saw a crippled man outside begging for alms. He neither came to worship nor to serve God, but hoped to receive money. What he did receive was not what he expected. Upon reaching him, “…Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazarene, arise up and walk.” (2) To his surprise this poor man’s needs were met in a far greater way than money. He was given the miracle of healing, in the name of Jesus Christ! “But Peter, along with John fixed his gaze on him and said,
“Look at us!” (3)
As this poor man looked at them, an extraordinary encounter occurs. It was a divine appointment to validate a supernatural healing from the Master of life. A witness of faith for those who watched and believed. The power to heal confirmed Jesus deity: Jesus is the Originator, Author, and Healer of life. As Disciples of Christ, they authenticated proof of who Jesus claimed to be; Lord, Savior, and God. Peter and John acted on what they knew to be genuinely true, for the glory of God. In the same way we must look to Jesus, to be healed, and reflect God’s glory. Our focus is fixed on God, our true healer. Let’s remember our Lord – and His perfect will. He chooses whether to heal or to strengthen each person according to the wisdom of His will and ultimate glory. Remember, in healing or strengthening, the principle is the same; look to your Savior!
I recall of a season when I had the inability to take care of my own personal needs. It reminds me of the lame man. I broke my leg and remember how my physical abilities were hindered, and I was dependent on crutches and people. It certainly strengthened my faith as I relied on God’s provisions. This lame man too, understood his limited abilities. Yet when Peter seized him by the right hand and raised him up He immediately leaped forward and jumped with exuberance. He walked, stood, and leaped for joy, praising God. It must have heightened the excitement of those around him for it stirred the praises of the people. They were filled with wonder and amazement at what took place. (Acts 3: 7, 8) All his life the cripple man never understood the freedom to walk. How did he know, in an instant, how to walk? Looking closer to the scriptures vs. 7 says, “…immediately his feet and his ankles were strengthened.” God Almighty touched him by a supernatural power. Instantly, he received the spiritual touch to be strengthened, healed and restored.
Many times we too come to God wanting to fill some immediate need – a change in a circumstance, a significant person in our lives, healing from illness, or perhaps another desire or personal need. We need God to intervene to bring that change. To our surprise, like the lame man many times we are given something of greater value spiritual restoration. God uses our circumstance so that we would look to Him and see the provision He will supply.
Key Point: Steadfast faith requires bold confidence in looking to the Almighty. He always delivers.
Author of life, I call on You on behalf of Your power to heal me. I am aware of my weakness that causes me to dependent on You. Strengthen my weak faith that I may believe You are ready and willing to make me whole, as You deem best for me. I wait for Your timing, and the ways You choose…as I submit myself to You completely. Amen.
1. Acts 3:16 nas
2. Acts 3:6 esv
3. Acts 3:4 nas
4. John 12:26 nas