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The Healing at the Temple Gate (Acts 3:1-10)

April 3, 2014

Reflecting on the Passage:
Here at East Point Church, we have begun a new sermon series entitled “Acts: The Spirit and the Church in the World“. This week’s sermon demonstrates how the power of God is made perfect in weakness. Pastor Carter extols Christ for providing help in the time of need. The focus of this sermon is on the lessons learned from the needs of the lame man at the temple gate.

Help for the Helpless

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And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple (Acts 3:1-10; ESV).”

This lame man was in need of help daily. He was dependent upon others physically and financially. He knew the right time to be carried before the temple gate. Moreover, he knew that the people would have mercy on him since they were going into the temple to find mercy from God. Unbeknownst to him, God would send help to this helpless man, but not in the way he thought he needed help.

Healing for the Broken

Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.”And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them (Acts 3:3-5; ESV).”

Unfortunately, this lame man fell into what Pastor Carter refers to as the “Money Trap“. Carters describes the money trap as common way of thinking that money is the greatest need. With this in mind, the lame was not really looking for conversation. He was familiar with the routine at the temple gate, where he receives the gift and the person who give gets the glory to both of their satisfaction. Instead, Peter and John, as representatives of Christ, look past his wants to focus on his greatest need.

Give Me Jesus

But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong (Acts 3:6, 7; ESV).”

Remember Peter was not poor or without money, but he understood the difference between what the lame man wanted and what he needed (Acts 2). Peter had a promise for Jesus Christ, that if He asked anything in His name, He would do it (John 14:12-14). Therefore, the lame man did not rise up because of Peter’s confidence in himself. No, Peter put his confidence in Jesus Christ, knowing He was not only powerful, but faithful. As a result, a miracle took place before the temple gate to glorify God, comfort His people, and make way for a sermon (vs. 8-10).

Is Jesus Christ all I need?

This account of the lame man is a unique illustration of our spiritual state without the power of Jesus Christ manifesting in our life. Helplessness is what makes the Gospel good news. Helplessness is what makes our prayers effective.

Do you see yourself as helpless today? Are you aware of your brokenness? Well, there is a Healer named Jesus Christ who have the power to save, to deliver, and He is glorified when we call upon Him in our time of need. Repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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