What’s It Gonna Take?
11While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s.
12And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?
13The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.
14But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
15and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
16And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
Peter has been used by God to bring about the healing of a lame man. It’s an incredible miracle and naturally the people are amazed. But their amazement seems to be nothing compared to Peters. After the healing, Peter speaks to the people and it seems like he is utterly confounded by their shock and surprise at the healing. It’s almost as if he says, “Now you’re amazed? After everything you saw Jesus do and hearing that He even conquered death having been resurrected? Now you stare and wonder about what’s going on?” But Peter doesn’t waste an opportunity and takes this chance to point to the true Healer.
Every day I am granted chances to point to the true Healer. Every day miracles happen in my presence and I have the chance to take advantage of a golden opportunity. And every day I remain silent. My witness is often less than stellar. And every day that sin is forgiven, just like all the rest of them.