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Peter back in the spotlight | Acts 9:32-35

32 Now as Peter was traveling through all those regions, he also came down to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas who had been bedridden for eight years, because he was paralyzed. 34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your own bed.” Immediately he got up. 35 And all who lived at Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

Acts 9:32-35 (NASB) 中文

Persecutor persecuted

Saul, the former persecutor, is himself  persecuted. And only after Barnabas welcomed Saul and took him to the Jerusalem church leaders did they welcome him. But then the Jewish religious leaders tried to kill him so he fled to Tarsus, his home.

Peter back in the spotlight

Now the focus shifts back to Peter the disciple. He is traveling through the regions just mentioned outside Jerusalem (v31) doing his ministry. He is in the town of Lydda and sees crippled Aenaes. Peter didn’t ask him any questions. He just walked over to him, pronounced healing in Jesus’ name, then commanded him to get up and make his bed.

He has likely seen Jesus do the very same miracle with the man who had been a paralytic for life in John 5:1-9. And, if you remember, he and John had done the same miracle not long ago at the temple (Acts 3:1-10). It certainly is a very effective miracle. It’s obvious when someone who is unable to walk can suddenly walk. V35 says that all in the two towns saw him and believed as a result of that miracle!

Power in the Name

A few things to note about the miracle. Peter is clear that the miracle is done in the name of Jesus, not by his own power. All miracles done today should be such. Any miracle worker should be certain to give the Lord the glory. 

Second is that there is power in Jesus. “Jesus Christ heals you.” Some believe that miracles like this ended after the church got established. Or, they limit them for various reasons. I’m of the opinion we should ask and believe that Jesus can indeed heal people – and He may even choose to do it at the time the prayer is offered.

RЯeflection

  • Like Peter, we need to make sure that any good we do that blesses others, whether a miracle or donation or help with a project, etc. is done at the direction of, in the name of and through the Lord. To take any credit is robbing from our Lord. 
  • Do you believe that healing can happen today? Paul lays out the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Cor. 12 and tells us to seek the greater gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31). Consider what your gift(s) are and use them.
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