Musings – May 22 2018
SEEING IS BELIEVING
At the same time, a man who had been lame from birth was being carried by some men. Every day these men would put the lame man at a gate in the temple courtyard. The gate was called Beautiful Gate. There he would beg for handouts from people going into the courtyard. When the man saw that Peter and John were about to go into the courtyard, he asked them for a handout. Peter and John stared at him. “Look at us!” Peter said. So the man watched them closely. He expected to receive something from them. However, Peter said to him, “I don’t have any money, but I’ll give you what I do have. Through the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth, walk!” Peter took hold of the man’s right hand and began to help him up. Immediately, the man’s feet and ankles became strong. Springing to his feet, he stood up and started to walk. He went with Peter and John into the temple courtyard. The man was walking, jumping, and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God. They knew that he was the man who used to sit and beg at the temple’s Beautiful Gate. The people were amazed and stunned to see what had happened to him. They were excited, and everyone ran to see them at the place called Solomon’s Porch. The man wouldn’t let go of Peter and John.”
What a miracle! Imagine what it must have been for this man who had never walked in his entire life to suddenly be able to not only stand but also walking and leaping! No wonder he couldn’t stop praising God.
Now let’s look at the reason for this and other miracles that Jesus and his disciples performed. First, if course, the miracles alleviated that person’s suffering. They are proof of God’s compassion for us. Secondly, and more importantly in the bigger picture, these were signs of the power of God. And like all signs they are to get the attention of other people. Signs to point them to God. Read John 9:2-3 where Jesus explains this to his disciples.
What signs have you been given? Are you sharing them so that others might believe?
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