6 Then 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.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. Acts 3:6-8
Several key events took place within these verses. First, Peter and John were completely new to this. Nobody had ever told them they could do this so how did they know? They knew because the power of God was on them. Secondly, the man rose and his feet and ankles were strong, which is a miracle in anybody’s book. Ankles and feet don’t become strong in an instant. They normally atrophy and become extremely difficult to move at all. Lastly, the healed man went jumping around in the courtyard. He had been lame since birth so it was a miracle that he could even maintain balance.
This kind of event happened to my wife and I in Sudan when we went on a medical mission there. She fit a man for a prosthetic leg, and within minutes he was bouncing around in the courtyard even though he had not been walking on one of his legs for years.
Yesterday we looked at a small word that had significance. The larger picture is that when miracles occur – and they do occur – there’s only one thing to do: praise God. It’s not about us getting the glory for any small amount of work we did to get the person to that point. It’s all for His glory.
After all these years, Jesus Christ still changes lives.