Last week we heard about Peter standing up and speaking to the crowds, telling them how God promised his Holy Spirit long ago through the prophet Joel. The Holy Spirit - because of Jesus - is available to all of us. Old, young, girls, boys, everyone.
This week we're going to hear more of what the Holy Spirit achieved through the disciples, even though Jesus had gone up to Heaven. Watch the video.
Today's Bible passage comes from Acts 3: 1-16. The Good News Translation is below, or you can use a different translation if you like.
One day Peter and John went to the Temple at three o'clock in the afternoon, the hour for prayer. There at the Beautiful Gate, as it was called, was a man who had been lame all his life. Every day he was carried to the gate to beg for money from the people who were going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John going in, he begged them to give him something. They looked straight at him, and Peter said, “Look at us!” So he looked at them, expecting to get something from them. But Peter said to him, “I have no money at all, but I give you what I have: in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I order you to get up and walk!” Then he took him by his right hand and helped him up. At once the man's feet and ankles became strong; he jumped up, stood on his feet, and started walking around. Then he went into the Temple with them, walking and jumping and praising God. The people there saw him walking and praising God, and when they recognized him as the beggar who had sat at the Beautiful Gate, they were all surprised and amazed at what had happened to him.
As the man held on to Peter and John in Solomon's Porch, as it was called, the people were amazed and ran to them. When Peter saw the people, he said to them, “Fellow Israelites, why are you surprised at this, and why do you stare at us? Do you think that it was by means of our own power or godliness that we made this man walk? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has given divine glory to his Servant Jesus. But you handed him over to the authorities, and you rejected him in Pilate's presence, even after Pilate had decided to set him free. He was holy and good, but you rejected him, and instead you asked Pilate to do you the favor of turning loose a murderer. You killed the one who leads to life, but God raised him from death—and we are witnesses to this. It was the power of his name that gave strength to this lame man. What you see and know was done by faith in his name; it was faith in Jesus that has made him well, as you can all see.
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Lord, we thank you that you keep your promises. Thank you that you promised us the Holy Spirit, your Helper. Thank you that the Holy Spirit is available to each one of us, no matter who we are. Help us to choose each day to live lives focused on you. Fill us with your Holy Spirit. Change us to be more like you each day, and help us to understand the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In Jesus' name, Amen.