The Name of Jesus!
Scripture reading for May 8th: Acts 3
As the new group of believers was empowered on the day of Pentecost, it grew rapidly with the new power to witness indwelling the disciples. New believers were added on a daily basis to the growing church. (Acts 2:47) The church continued to meet in the temple and be a part of the Jewish system. This was soon to change!
Peter and John were going to the temple for the time of prayer at 3:00 in the afternoon. They encountered a crippled man who was begging at the gate. “When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. The Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by his right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went into the temple courts, walking, jumping, and praising God.” (Acts 3:3-8)
Many people gathered as a result of the healing of this man. Peter again addressed the crowd and explained how God had glorified Jesus! “You killed the author of life, but God raised Him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 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 given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” (Acts 3:14-16) Peter confronted the people. He called them to repentance and faith in the name of Jesus!