Scripture Passage: Acts 3:1-6
In Acts 3, Peter and John came across a beggar lying outside the temple gates. He had been lame from his youth, and begged the apostles for money. Through them, God performed a special miracle to authenticate their authority, given by the Holy Spirit.
Acts 3:6-7 says, “Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’ And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.”
This was a miracle that could not be reasonably denied, humanly explained or lightly dismissed.
There are four things about the name of Jesus, which caused this man to rise and walk.
First, He is the risen Lord.
Because the disciples knew that Jesus was alive, there was no way they could be daunted or intimidated by the world. They were absolutely certain that He had been raised from the dead. If we have a living Savior, then what have we to fear?
Second, Jesus is the residing Lord.
“And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all” (Acts 3:16).
Peter confessed that they did not perform the miracle themselves; instead, it came from Christ in them. He is alive and well in us.
Third, He is the redeeming Lord.
“Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…” (Acts 3:19).
Through the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, God has overruled our wickedness with His righteousness, if we will repent and convert.
Finally, He is the returning Lord; He is coming again.
Adrian Rogers says, “What’s the world coming to? It’s coming to Jesus, because Jesus is coming to the world. Heaven has received Him until the time of restitution. He is coming to restore all things.”
If you are down, there is a miracle waiting for you in the name of Jesus. He is the risen, residing, redeeming, and returning Lord. Adrian Rogers says, “If the devil has you down, in the name of the Risen Savior, rise and walk.”