WHY DO YOU WONDER?

MUSINGS – September 07 2018

WHY DO YOU WONDER?

Acts 3:3-13
“And this man, when he had seen Peter and John beginning to enter the temple, was begging, so that he might receive alms. Then Peter and John, gazing at him, said, “Look at us.” And he looked intently at them, hoping that he might receive something from them. But Peter said: “Silver and gold is not mine. But what I have, I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, rise up and walk.” And taking him by the right hand, he lifted him up. And immediately his legs and feet were strengthened. And leaping up, he stood and walked around. And he entered with them into the temple, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God. And they recognized him, that he was the same one who was sitting for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. And they were filled with awe and amazement at what had happened to him. Then, as he held on to Peter and John, all the people ran to them at the portico, which is called Solomon’s, in astonishment. But Peter, seeing this, responded to the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this? Or why do you stare at us, as if it were by our own a or power that we caused this man to walk? The God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his Son Jesus, whom you, indeed, handed over and denied before the face of Pilate, when he was giving judgment to release him.”

Miracles and signs of wonder are done to get our attention. But we are not to praise the servant but the Master in whom the power resides. “Why do you stare at us, as if it were by our own a or power that we caused this man to walk?”

Mark 9:23
Jesus said to him, “As far as possibilities go, everything is possible for the person who believes.”

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