(26 verses, 3:30 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Peter heals a lame beggar causing wonder and amazement which gives him the opportunity to preach Christ crucified.
MARK & LEARN
1-10: Peter and John came across a lame man from birth. At the entrance of the temple, the lame man begged Peter and John for money. Expecting to receive money, Peter gives him a far greater gift. Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” (v. 6). At Peter’s word (Jesus Christ) the man leaped up and walked. Those who witnessed this miracle were filled with wonder and amazement. How could this be?
11-13: When the people ran to Peter, John and the beggar, Peter took this opportunity to preach to them. He proclaims that the power to heal this man did not come from them. The power came from the same God they claim to worship: the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But Peter didn’t stop there; he preached Christ. The true God was revealed in His servant, His Son, Jesus Christ, whom they (the Jews) denied and delivered over to be crucified.
14-16: Peter then preached stinging law: “You killed the Author of life, whom God raised form the dead.” Jesus was/is the Author of life – an attribute given only to God. Therefore, Peter preaches that Jesus is God. Peter, John, and the disciples were witness to the Truth. And the Truth had perfectly healed the lame man. By Jesus’ name, specifically FAITH in His name, this man was healed.
17-21: Peter preached repentance. Verse 19 – “Repent therefore and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out…” Repent, receive forgiveness in Jesus’ name, and be refreshed.
22-26: Knowing his audience, Peter proclaimed Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures they knew so well. Jesus is the fulfillment of Deuteronomy 18. In fact, He’s the fulfillment of all Scripture. He is the true Messiah promised of old. God sent Him to the Jews (His own people) first, so that they might repent (turn from their wickedness) and have faith in Jesus Christ.
- Peter’s sermon preached in Acts 3 is beautiful. It is completely focused on Jesus Christ – who He is and what He’s done for us. It’s got condemning law and life-giving gospel. We too need to hear these words. Repent! Turn away from your wickedness! Turn to the Messiah, God’s servant who was sent to die and rise again for you. Through faith in Him your sins are forgiven and you are refreshed.
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Pastor Kevin Zellers, Jr.