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You killed Him! | Acts 3:11-16

11 They all rushed out in amazement to Solomon’s Colonnade, where the man was holding tightly to Peter and John.

12 Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? 13 For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this.

This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. 14 You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!

16 “Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes.

Acts 3:11-16 (NLT) 中文

First miracle

Luke continues with his account of the first recorded miracle done by the disciples after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. It’s in the larger context of the Holy Spirit coming with power and abiding in the church, each member of the body. The second part, presented here, is the first part of Peter’s Spirit-filled preaching.

Why a miracle?

The miracle was done front and center – at the temple – where many people were coming to worship. It brought a lot of attention. This created an opportunity for Peter to preach to a captive, amazed audience. It demonstrated a power was at work. Some may have memories of Jesus performing similar miracles. 

But the miracle was, of course, also for the healed man himself. He had been in this condition from birth with no hope of a whole body in this life. It’s clear from yesterday’s passage that the man could not contain his joy as he went “walking, leaping, and praising God” in the temple courts. God showed mercy in the name of Jesus by the work of the Holy Spirit.

Peter was careful to deflect all the attention he and John were receiving for the miracle. He redirects it to Jesus and clearly proclaims that this miracle was done through the “name of Jesus”. 

You killed Him!

Peter made this critical point in his first message (Acts 2:22) as well. “You killed Him”. They were responsible for Jesus’ death. Of course, God pre-ordained it as Peter said in that same verse. But they requested it, no, demanded it (Matthew 27:22). In this message Peter drives the point home and, as we’ll see, the Spirit uses this to convict them of their sin to graciously draw them to salvation in this Name.

RЯeflection

  • When God graciously works through us and people see that and praise us, we’re tempted to take the credit. When we do that, we steal the glory from God. Can you think of a time recently for you?
  • Take a moment to think about how this cry of Peter, “You killed Him!” applies to you. True, we weren’t there; we weren’t among the crowd. But it is for our sins that He died, for you and for me. I killed Him! Allow that to sink in.
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