We were sitting around the break room table at lunch one day when one of my coworkers shared a story. He said that a few years back, he had a growth in his throat. The doctors did all kinds of tests and determined that it was most likely cancer. So they scheduled the procedure to have it removed. This man and his wife are Jesus followers and they began praying and asking others to pray. The day for the procedure had arrived. After they checked in, it was time for a final x-ray before the surgery was to begin. They took one x-ray, then they came back and got him but not for surgery but to take another x-ray. Turns out, the tumor in his throat had disappeared. As soon as my coworker shared this, he looked right at us around the table and said, "God healed me. Prayer still matters. Prayer still works. Miracles still happen. This was a miracle." In our continuation of our look at the book of Acts, we find ourselves knee deep in a story with Peter and John being questioned by the local authorities because they healed a crippled man in Acts 3. Take a look:
4 While Peter and John were speaking to the people, they were confronted by the priests, the captain of the Temple guard, and some of the Sadducees. 2 These leaders were very disturbed that Peter and John were teaching the people that through Jesus there is a resurrection of the dead. 3 They arrested them and, since it was already evening, put them in jail until morning. 4 But many of the people who heard their message believed it, so the number of men who believed now totaled about 5,000.
5 The next day the council of all the rulers and elders and teachers of religious law met in Jerusalem. 6 Annas the high priest was there, along with Caiaphas, John, Alexander, and other relatives of the high priest. 7 They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?”
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, 9 are we being questioned today because we’ve done a good deed for a crippled man? Do you want to know how he was healed? 10 Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. 11 For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says,
‘The stone that you builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.’
12 There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
It is interesting to me that Peter and John did not share the story with how exactly the man was healed. They didn't say, "look, we didn't have any money so we just told the man to walk."...No, they said "that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene." The name of Jesus is just as powerful today. Now that is interesting!
With sincere love for each of you,