5 May 2012
After Jesus was ascended to heaven, Peter and John healed a cripple from birth
- Extracted from Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 3:
1 Once, when Peter and John were going up to the Temple for the prayers at the ninth hour (3:00pm),
2 it happened that there was a man being carried along. He was a cripple from birth; and they used to put him down every day near the Temple entrance called the Beautiful Gate so that he could beg from the people going in.
3 When this man saw Peter and John on their way into the Temple he begged from them.
4 Peter, and John too, looked straight at him and said, 'Look at us.'
5 He turned to them expectantly, hoping to get something from them,
6 but Peter said, 'I have neither silver nor gold, but I will give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!'
7 Then he took him by the right hand and helped him to stand up. Instantly his feet and ankles became firm,
8 he jumped up, stood, and began to walk, and he went with them into the Temple, walking and jumping and praising God.
9 Everyone could see him walking and praising God,
10 and they recognised him as the man who used to sit begging at the Beautiful Gate of the Temple. They were all astonished and perplexed at what had happened to him.
11 Everyone came running towards them in great excitement, to the Portico of Solomon, as it is called, where the man was still clinging to Peter and John.
12 When Peter saw the people he addressed them, 'Men of Israel, why are you so surprised at this? Why are you staring at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or holiness?
13 It is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, who has glorified his servant Jesus whom you handed over and then disowned in the presence of Pilate after he had given his verdict to release him.
14 It was you who accused the Holy and Upright One, you who demanded that a murderer should be released to you
15 while you killed the prince of life. God, however, raised him from the dead, and to that fact we are witnesses;
16 and it is the name of Jesus which, through faith in him, has brought back the strength of this man whom you see here and who is well known to you. It is faith in him that has restored this man to health, as you can all see.
17 'Now I know, brothers, that neither you nor your leaders had any idea what you were really doing;
18 but this was the way God carried out what he had foretold, when he said through all his prophets that his Christ would suffer.
19 Now you must repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out,
20 and so that the Lord may send the time of comfort. Then he will send you the Christ he has predestined, that is Jesus,
21 whom heaven must keep till the universal restoration comes which God proclaimed, speaking through his holy prophets.
22 Moses, for example, said, "From among your brothers the Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me; you will listen to whatever he tells you.
23 Anyone who refuses to listen to that prophet shall be cut off from the people."
24 In fact, all the prophets that have ever spoken, from Samuel onwards, have predicted these days.
25 'You are the heirs of the prophets, the heirs of the covenant God made with your ancestors when he told Abraham, "All the nations of the earth will be blessed in your descendants".
26 It was for you in the first place that God raised up his servant and sent him to bless you as every one of you turns from his wicked ways.'
For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved
-Extracted from the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 4:
1 While they were still talking to the people the priests came up to them, accompanied by the captain of the Temple and the Sadducees.
2 They were extremely annoyed at their teaching the people the resurrection from the dead by proclaiming the resurrection of Jesus.
3 They arrested them, and, as it was already late, they kept them in prison till the next day.
4 But many of those who had listened to their message became believers; the total number of men had now risen to something like five thousand (5000).
5 It happened that the next day the rulers, elders and scribes held a meeting in Jerusalem
6 with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, Jonathan, Alexander and all the members of the high-priestly families.
7 They made the prisoners stand in the middle and began to interrogate them, 'By what power, and by whose name have you men done this?'
8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, addressed them, 'Rulers of the people, and elders!
9 If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple and asking us how he was healed,
10 you must know, all of you, and the whole people of Israel, that it is by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, and God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man stands before you cured.
11 This is the stone which you, the builders, rejected but which has become the cornerstone. Only in him is there salvation;
12 for of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.'
13 They were astonished at the fearlessness shown by Peter and John, considering that they were uneducated laymen; and they recognised them as associates of Jesus;
14 but when they saw the man who had been cured standing by their side, they could find no answer.
The meaning of the name “Jesus” is “Yahweh saves” , “Yahweh is salvation”.
Remember to call upon the name of “Jesus” when you are sad, when you are in any difficult / desperate situation, this is the name that brings healing and power, and Jesus Christ- the God of Joy, Peace, Love and “the Impossible” will come to you. He who is the faithful God will definitely come, even you are not able to see Him. Many of us can confirm this! 8-)
You asked, ‘Then what should I do next?’
The Answer: Just offer your sadness, your difficult / desperate situation to Him. Don’t worry anymore, because He would act on it, as He never sleeps (see Psalm 121). 8-)
Important Note: The aforesaid advice is given out of goodwill, and we accept no liability / responsibility for it, especially if that “difficult / desperate situation” is any form of self-created “fraud” cases, any kind of criminal or civil actions to harm a 3rd party, created out of death inflicting intentions. We advice that in such cases, it would be better for you to seek legal advice and make good the damage that you have done before you want God to bless you.
The Prophesy of Jesus Christ as A Precious Cornerstone
- Extracted from the prophet Isaiah, Chapter 28: 16
Therefore, thus says the Lord God:
See, I am laying a stone in Zion, a stone that has been tested,
A precious cornerstone as a sure foundation;
he who puts his faith in it shall not be shaken.
5 May 2012