Acts 3

Author

Jessica Fragoso

Scripture:

Acts 3: 1-26

Observation:

*Luke is telling the story of Peter and John at the temple where they were going to pray
*the beggar asked for money, they didn't have any but had something greater
*through Peter's faith in Jesus,the beggar was healed
*everyone saw this
*Peter tells the Israelites to repent and turn to God, their sins will then be wiped out, Jesus suffered for their sins
*God chose the Jewish nation to teach the world about Him and His Son

Application:

I should be devoted more in prayer (they prayed three times a day!)and give glory to God when prayers are answered. Help those in need not only in tangible ways but most importantly spiritually by being a witness. Also, acknowledging sin in my life and repenting and being obedient.

Prayer:

Lord, please help me to be obedient.. in devouring your Word and devoting myself to prayer and speaking with you. Please help me be bold, speak truth and witness to others.. sharing that Your Son suffered and died for our sins. Please help me to repent when I have been sinful and to be obedient to You. I want to grow closer to you, Lord. I want to have the level of faith like Peter when he told the beggar to walk.I love you and praise You Lord!

4 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
Amen Jessica.
This passage reminded me of how limited my expectations in life are. Oh the paltry things in life that I ask for and that my deceitful heart thinks I want, how limited my view of God is and what He can do. The beggar asked for some coins, but what he got was total life transformation exceeding his greatest hopes and dreams. Father, help me to see with your eyes and with greater and deeper faith, knowing you more, increase my imagination of what you can accomplish. Help me to learn from this that like the beggar, I need to fix my gaze upon you and notice you in the everyday. Lord, transform my thinking in Jesus' name.

Fri, February 6, 2015 @ 5:47 AM

2. Stephen Dittmer wrote:
Thanks for the 2 insights above.

Application:
I need to remember its God who works the miracles and we are just vehicles (or bodies) thru which God works these miracles. I need to remember those cases where I have seen miracles in my family or others (and not overlook those). I should also remember this line from the passage “Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” which for me would be don’t over focus on my own efforts and rely more on God and be patient as God has a plan always. Need to listen to it.

Sat, February 7, 2015 @ 9:46 PM

3. Rob Schulze wrote:
Thanks Jessica... I appreciate your call to prayer, witnessing to the resurrection, repentance and obedience. These run against the grain of my flesh but they go with the grain of my faith - "By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see."

Acts 3:16 - faith in Jesus is foundational. Do I really pray with that kind of faith?!

Mon, February 9, 2015 @ 6:40 AM

4. Phil Payne wrote:
ACT3
OBSERVATIONS
a. Peter and John heal a crippled man while visiting the temple.

The lame man has been in this condition for many years. He was at least 40 years old (Acts 4:22) and he had been lame from birth (Acts 3:2). His muscles had probably atrophied during the bed-ridden decades. Thus, others have carried him to the temple gate (Acts 3.2) Because of his sickness, he would have been unclean and forbidden under Hebrew law to worship God within the temple. When he sees Peter and John He asks them for the mercy of monetary help.

Undoubtedly directed by the Holy Spirit, Peter and John do the work of Jesus. In the name of Jesus (ie, in His character, within His will, and by His authority), they pray that this man may walk. Then they take him by the hand and raise him up.

He entered the temple walking, leaping, and praising God. He had been restored to perfect health (Acts 3:16) through faith in Jesus. Moreover, he had been restored to spiritual health as He joyfully praises God, in the temple, in the name of Jesus for the first time.

b. The miracle provides opportunity for Peter and John to glorify Jesus.

Peter and John had gone to the temple at the ninth hour (3 pm), the hour of prayer, when the temple would be crowded with devout Jews. These Jews had seen the lame beggar almost every day – for years – and are now astounded to see him walking. The crowd presses in on Peter and John .
They take no personal credit, saying that this miracle was done through the will and authority of Jesus of Nazareth, who was now resurrected.

c. Peter continues by inviting the crowd to repent and follow Jesus. I paraphrase …

This man is well, but what about you? The sermon pivots on Acts 3:19 (Repent therefore and turn again). Some in this crowd may have lined the streets, hailing Jesus as Messiah during his triumphal entry. Others may have stayed close as Jesus taught in the temple. But when Jesus failed to be the Messiah of their immediate expectations their mood had turned ugly - so they called for his crucifixion and demanded a murderer. These were the facts . What could these men do with their guilt?

Peter invites them to repent. Even He had briefly lost faith as he fled from Jesus trial, having failed to see that the Crucifixion was in God’s purpose. They had lost faith, and were ignorant of the Holy purpose God accomplished through their fury. Now Peter stands before some of the same people, saying – “I turned back, I have seen the truth, I have received forgiveness and strength from the Lord . Now what will YOU do?” Many in the crowd believe in Jesus on that day.

He also warns all that there is no middle ground. Jesus is the Messiah promised through Moses, and the Hebrews who not listen to Jesus will be separated from the people. Conversely, Jesus is the Christ for the nations. He fulfills the promise to Abraham – “All the families of the earth shall be blessed by your seed.” But he was sent first to Israel and will yet return from heaven to restore all things to Israel.

APPLICATION

1. Am I aware of the opportunities for witness for ministry and witness that God brings my way. When I see someone who needs the mercy, grace, or truth that God wants to supply , so I ask God – What do you want me to do about this situation?
2. Peter and John took the lame man by the hand, lifted him up, and later steadied him as he clung to them in the temple. Which an easier service to the poor, the handicapped in mind or body, who walk among us – to give some money or to get involved – take their hand, pray for their healing, raise them up, and stay with them until they are steady?
3. God is a God of second chances, .. and third, and many more. For those who have turned away from Christ, even people who have done the most horrible things, Peter offers a word of hope. Repent, believe again, be healed.
4. Are aspects of my life crippled by unbelief ? Will I reach out to Jesus of the church for healing?
5. Do I know people who rebel against Jesus due to ignorance. What opportunities will the Holy Spirit give me to speak truth about Him?

Mon, February 9, 2015 @ 1:48 PM

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