Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Christ Jesus of Nazareth

Acts 3:1-26 NIV

Peter Heals a Lame Beggar

1One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4Peter looked straight at him, as did John.
Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

6Then Peter said,
“Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 

7Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

Peter Speaks to the Onlookers

11While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 

13The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His Servant Jesus. You handed Him over to be killed, and you disowned Him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you.

15You killed the Author of life, but God raised Him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16By 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 completely healed him, as you can all see.

17“Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18But this is how God fulfilled what He had foretold through all the prophets, saying that His Messiah would suffer. 19Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20and that He may send the Messiah, Who has been appointed for you—even Jesus.21Heaven must receive Him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as He promised long ago through His holy prophets.22For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything He tells you. 23Anyone who does not listen to Him will be completely cut off from their people.’a

24“Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days. 25And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your Offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.b26When God raised up His servant, He sent Him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”

Miracle to Sermon

Now Peter and John went up together into the temple. These two disciples were intimate companions, and great lovers of each other; they were often together: they are thought, by some, to have been together in the high priest's palace at the trial of Christ; and they ran together to his tomb, John 18:15 and they now went together to the temple, not to attend the daily sacrifice, which was now abolished by the sacrifice of Christ, but to attend to the duty of prayer, which was still in force, and that they might have an opportunity of preaching Christ, where there was a number of people together:

At the hour of prayer; being the ninth hour, or three o'clock in the afternoon. This was one of their hours of prayer; it was customary with the Jews to pray three times a day, Daniel 6:10 which, according to the Psalmist in Psalm 55:17 were evening, morning, and at noon; that in the morning was at the third hour, as in Acts 2:15 or nine o'clock in the morning; that at noon was at the sixth hour, as in Acts 10:9 or twelve o'clock at noon; and that in the evening at the ninth hour, as here, or three o'clock in the afternoon. Not that these were times of Divine appointment.

We were told in general (Acts 2:43) that many signs and wonders were done by the apostles, which are not written in this book.  But here we have one given us for an instance. As they performed miracles, the Holy Spirit gave direction, so as to answer the end of their commission.

Christ Jesus of Nazareth

He calls “Christ Jesus of Nazareth”, which was a name of reproach, to intimate that the indignities done Him on earth served but as a foil to His Glories now that He was in heaven. "Give Him what name you will, call Him if you will in scorn Jesus of Nazareth, in that Name you shall see wonders done; for, because He humbled Himself, thus highly was He exalted."

Even Nathanael said scornfully;

John 1:45-46

Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the One Moses wrote about in the Law, and about Whom the prophets also wrote--Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.

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