Summary: I want to start today by reading the eighth verse of Acts chapter 1. The disciples were listening to Jesus just before he was about to ascend into heaven. No doubt eager Peter was up at the front when Jesus gives his great commission.
There was a man in Boissevain who was paralyzed in a farm accident and was bedridden for the last 8 years. This guy just came to town late last week out of nowhere and healed him. The formerly paralyzed man obviously started walking around town and being a small town just about everyone saw him because he was going everywhere he could now that he could walk again. Apparently every person in Boissevain has turned to the Lord and the churches are scrambling to find spaces to hold their church services this weekend. They have rented warehouses, the arena, everything.
Their have been a lot of funerals in the area lately and the word is that this man is going to come to Killarney this week and one of the residents here has asked if he would come and raise his recently deceased relative from the dead. Would you go see this?
Alright, that didn’t really happen, but I bet it got your attention didn’t it?
There is a bible conference coming to Boissevain next weekend, but my guess is that there will probably not be a many signs and wonders, unfortunately. We can pray otherwise.
Anyway I want to start today by reading the eighth verse of Acts chapter 1. The disciples were listening to Jesus just before he was about to ascend into heaven. No doubt eager Peter was up at the front when Jesus gives his great commission.
Now we have about 4 different accounts of Jesus final words before he was taken up. They all say similar things, but each person who heard may have specifically emphasized what they heard form Jesus, and maybe this was done to give a more complete picture.
Matthew the Jewish tax collector focuses on making disciples, Luke both here and in his gospel focuses on being witnesses, of course he is the Gentile doctor, and Mark which is thought to be Peter’s account written by Mark, focuses on preaching and miraculous signs.
So back to Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Now why I’m taking us back to these accounts of the great commission is because I want us to see how perfectly Peter is obeying. He was the one who explained what was going on when the power of the Holy Spirit did come upon them at Pentecost. He was performing many signs and wonders, especially through healing and casting out demons. Of course he started preaching or witnessing in Jerusalem and became the leader of the church there.
Now in Acts chapter 9 we see Peter taking this witnessing power through Judea to Samaria. And we know that when he was crucified in Rome like his Lord, he was working on going to the ends of the earth, which in that day probably referred to the known Roman Empire.
So he leaves Jerusalem and heads out along the coast through Lydda and Joppa which are both in Judea.
The first thing he does is heal the crippled man Aeneas. And listen what happened in verse 35 of chapter 9 – “Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon saw the man walking around, and they turned to the Lord”. The whole population!