Summary: In the Bible disease and sickness often pictures sin and healing is a picture of salvation. The story of the healing of the lame man suggests many parallels to coming to faith in Christ. This salvation sermon look at his healing from this point of view.
The Power of His Name
August 10, 2014
TEXT: Acts 3:1-11 – “Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. 5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. 7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. 11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.”
The Bible often pictures disease and infirmity as a visual picture of sin and healing its results as a picture of salvation. Our text today provides us with as a perfect picture of salvation as I know of. As well as any story in the Bible, it paints the picture of our condition without God, our inability to save ourselves, the way of salvation, and what happens when a person is saved.
Also, this passage is a beautiful demonstration of the power of Jesus. Peter and John did not have silver or gold to give this poor beggar. What they did have was Jesus Christ and His power to save and heal.
Peter said, “…In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” (verse 6) And rise up and walk he did! Not only did he rise up and walk: Verse 8 says he was “…walking, and leaping, and praising God”!
Let’s look at these verses and see what they teach us about our spiritual healing:
I. NOTE FIRST THAT THIS LAME BEGGAR WAS IN A DESPERATE CONDITION
1) Verse 2 tells us that he was born lame.
He was born with a debilitating handicap—he COULD NOT WALK. But he didn’t BECOME incapacitated later in life. Luke says he was “…lame from his mother’s womb…”
In the same way, you and I were born with a handicap. And like the lame beggar, it is a debilitating handicap. That handicap is called SIN.
Psalm 51:5 says “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
Psalm 58:3 tells us “The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.”
2) Not only was he born lame…note secondly that he was powerless to help himself.