Summary: The Preaching that was the result of the healing Acts 3:11, “11They all rushed out to Solomon’s Colonnade, where he was holding tightly to Peter and John. Everyone stood there in awe of the wonderful thing that had happened.” The man clun
The Preaching that was the result of the healing
The man clung tightly which was a witness in and of itself of the nature of the miracle of which we examined last night. They stood in awe because perhaps they did not understand that this was of God, much like the ministry of Christ, the people hardened the hearts instead of turning towards God they were bound in legalism. Peter’s sermon was about to spark a wildfire of controversy in Jerusalem.
Acts 3:12 (quickview) , “12Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. "People of Israel," he said, "what is so astounding about this? And why look at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power and godliness?”
What the Apostle here is suggesting is the nature of all ministry. We cannot do ministry on our own power and strength. Though the Israelites were knowledgeable about Scripture they failed to understand and see that this miracle was really part of the miracle work God was revealing in this day and age through the proclamation of His Son. The reality was that the godliness that they held too while good and well meaning was misguided and ill-informed since the announcement of God’s love and holiness as revealed through the Cross, now, through His resurrection now, and through His Ascension. The Apostles were eye-witnesses to this event, the people of Jerusalem could not deny this fact nor did they try, they just tried to shut out the truth because the truth was piercing to the very fabric of our being. Once again when we hurt another believer, we do it unto the least of these, unto those who are hurting we do it to them. (Matthew 25:31-41 (quickview) ). The point is that here Peter is trying to get the Israelites the Jews to see that the Good News while piercing is able to change them from being just Jews to now being completed in Him by faith in the Messiah whom they held too for so long.
Acts 3:13-15 (quickview) , “13For it is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, the God of all our ancestors who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. 14You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. 15You killed the author of life, but God raised him to life. And we are witnesses of this fact!”
The Old Testament usage is pretty obvious here in Peter’s sermon. He uses the God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and Jacob to point the Jews towards God’s faithfulness to them as a nation. This is what that stood for in the times of the Jews what it would have meant to them was that God had not forgotten them, that He was still a covenant God, the God of Israel. Luke continues with the theme of Pilate as he did in Luke, yet this time points out that it was Pilate’s decision to release him. Yet Pilate did not release Christ instead giving him up which really points to responsibility in sin.