HELP PEOPLE FIND HEALING IN JESUS
Truth matters to a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. The apostle Peter highlighted this truth in his sermon in Acts 2.
Truth about ourselves – that we are all sinners and separated from God (Rom. 3:23).
Truth about God. God is holy and cannot tolerate sin (Habakkuk1:13; 1 Peter 1:16). Our sin separates us from God but God is love (Jn. 3:16).
Truth about Jesus: that Jesus died for our sins (Rom. 5:8), that Jesus rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:3-6); that Jesus is the only way to God (Jn. 14:6).
God, through the Holy Spirit, empowered the disciples to bring healing to people, enabling and empowering them to be witnesses for Jesus. Acts 3:1-10 talks about a lame beggar and how Peter and John were used by God to administer healing to him. There are important biblical principles that we can learn from the story.
1) Complete healing comes from Jesus (Ps. 147:3, Pro. 3:5-8).
Acts 3:2 says “a man who was lame from birth” have to be carried along to the temple and every day the only thing he did was to beg people for money. This gives a picture of a helpless and hopeless person. There are times we behave like the lame man because we also need healing. Not just physical healing but all kinds of healing – emotional, mental, relational, financial, spiritual. Sometimes, we also think that our situation is helpless and hopeless. Our problem is compounded by our denial to admit we need healing and/or our refusal to seek help from others.
Peter explained in Ac. 3:16 that “it is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him (the beggar).” It was not because of faith of the man nor the apostles’ “power or godliness”. If the Spirit of God is living in you, the same power that is at work in raising Jesus from the dead is the same power at work in you (Rom. 8:11). God’s purpose and plan for you is that you will find healing in Jesus so you can help others find healing as well.
2) An interruption can be a divine intervention.
As Peter and John were on their way to pray in the temple, they were interrupted by the crippled beggar who asked them for money. Peter and John did not say to the beggar, “Don’t bother us.” They were sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and to God’s divine intervention. God may interrupt your schedule and your plans so that he can bring you to accomplish his purposes. However, we may be too busy doing our own thing that we miss on the opportunity to help people in of healing. We need to learn to follow Jesus whose many miracles were done through interruptions (e.g. Mrk. 2:1-12, Luk. 8:43-48, Mt. 8:1-4).
3) Limitations are opportunities to see God do a miracle through us.
Peter said “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.” (Acts 3:6) Peter and John recognized their limitation – they didn’t have silver and gold. But they did not allow their limitation to limit God doing a miracle through them. The man begged the apostles for money but Peter helped him find more than what he asked for – healing in the name of Jesus. Some of us look at our limitations and we say “sorry I cannot help others.” We may say it’s because we have no money, no talent, no time, no know-how. As a result, we allow our limitation to limit our experience of God. God wants to use that limitation so you and I will learn to depend on Him alone. It is exactly in our limitation that we learn to be Spirit filled, to trust in Him and His strength to do the impossible.
4) It’s not what I can do but what God can do through me.
In Ac. 3:12, Peter and John testified before the Israelites. They seemed to be saying, “it is not about us nor our godliness. Nothing special about us. This man is healed only because of Jesus whom you crucified and has risen from the dead.” Peter explained what this healing and miracle is all about. He shared the gospel and “many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.” (Ac. 4:4)
The best way you can thank the Lord for the healing you have received or the blessing you have experienced is to tell others about it. That’s what the crippled man did. He praised God and therefore people were amazed (Ac. 3:9-10). Being witnesses is all about telling others our experience and our healing in the Lord. God has placed someone within your reach who needs to hear your story – a loved one, a co-worker, a fellow student, a friend, or a stranger. God can do great things through you.
In what ways are you like the characters in the story in Acts 3:1-10? Are you more like Peter and John, powerful witnesses for Christ, or are you more of the crippled man who needed complete healing from God?
What was your life like before you came to know Jesus? What three words will you use to describe how you were like in the past?
When and how did you come to know Jesus as your Savior and Lord? (In a retreat, through a friend or relative who shared the gospel to you, though a church service)? What three words would you use to describe your life of following Jesus today?
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