One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.
6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. 8 He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9 When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
Acts 3:1, 6-10
5. What a Difference a Day Makes
· The narrative in Chapter 1 suggests that they were hiding and praying in the upper room. If they’d been there since the ascension, it was ten days!
· One day after receiving the Holy Spirit, Peter and John return to what appears to have been a routine. They go to the Temple at the designated prayer time of 3:00 p.m.
· There is no report of visiting the Temple in Chapters 1 and 2.
· Why go now? What was different?
· The answer is the infilling with the Holy Spirit. They were compelled to share the news and the experience.
· Reading on through verse 10, we learn that Peter and John are the channels for Christ’s physical healing of a man crippled since birth.
· Verse 8b in the King James Versions is one my favorite visuals in the Bible.
[The man] entered with them [Peter and John] into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
· Can’t you just feel the joy?
· This man had never leaped or walked. Now, he’s doing both while praising God.
· If Peter and John had gone back to the upper room after the Day of Pentecost and cowered after the Holy Spirit filled them, this man would have died a cripple.
And Acts would be a very short book!