Miracles

Peter and John were walking past a beggar and when he asked for alms Peter said “I have no silver and gold, but what I have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” Then Acts 3:11-12 records, “While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?”

Some important points can be made from this response.

“why do you wonder at this,” we shouldn’t think God’s miraculous works unusual, since God is able to do anything we need. The same Jesus who raise the dead, healed the sick and made lame people leap for joy is still at work today.

“why do you stare at us” this is not a spectacle but an opportunity for the Gospel. No need for cameras covering every angle. It’s not about the miracle itself. Instead it’s time to preach the Gospel.

“as though by our own power” the gift of healing is not our own power but God’s. We must acknowledge it’s not us – it’s Him. It’s easy to think Peter declared this miracle by saying “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk”, but he denies being the source. It was God working through Peter. The credit doesn’t go to the person used for the miracle but the one God who used that person.

“as though by our own… or piety” it not by piety that this lame beggar was made to walk. Peter doesn’t go showing off his piety saying ‘if you were as pious as me, then you could do such things.’ Remember there are many who come to Jesus saying “Lord, Lord” listing the miracles they did in Jesus name, but Jesus will say “I never knew you”. Miracles do not equal piety in the person used. Rather Peter gives glory to God by preaching Christ crucified, risen, mediating and returning – the gospel of the kingdom. Later he says that God sent Jesus “to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.” Miracles are not about people’s piety or power, but God’s gospel that Jesus came to “bless” us through”turning every one” of us from our wickedness.

If someone gets healed, set free or delivered, it isn’t about the person who prayed or laid their hands on the sick. It is an opportunity to preach the Gospel in the power of God.

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