Acts 3:11–26 (ESV)
Peter Speaks in Solomon’s Portico
11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare
at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had
decided to release him. 14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And his name—by faith in his name—has
made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance,
as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence
of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up
for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from
Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’
26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”
Yesterday’s reading talked about a lame man who was healed.
He was lame from birth and everyone knew he was lame. Well, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter and John healed the man. In today’s reading, the people have gathered around and Peter seizes the opportunity to witness and share the
Gospel. First he dishes out the law by pointing to the prophets and that they killed Jesus. Then the Gospel of God raising Jesus from the dead. Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophets and is the Messiah. As witness to this stands the
lame man who was made healthy. What is the focus of all this? It is found in verse 19-21: “Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that
he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago." What is the truth??? Ask the man who was lame. He
is a testimony to the truth.
I pray: O Lord, I know that you are the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophets and the promised Messiah. Not only did He die for their sins, but also for my sins.
I repent of my sins and want to do better. He died so that I might live. He is the Author of Life. He is my Savior. Thank you Lord Jesus. Amen.