Acts 3:16 And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Healing is inseparable from the gospel of Jesus Christ. After all, He is the Sun of Righteousness that Malachi prophesied about. He has risen and there is healing in His beams. Everywhere Jesus went in His earthly ministry healing followed Him. From the paralytic let down through a roof to the healing of Blind Bartimaeus, Christ healed them all. This same miracle power continued after Christ’s death. The disciples moved in the same healing anointing that Jesus walked in. Their miracle ministry was introduced in today’s verse when the well known paralytic in the temple was healed. The name of Jesus was honored, the kingdom advanced, and and the compassion of Christ for the hurting was displayed. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on this amazing miracle.

“It is done by the name of Christ, not merely by naming it as a spell or charm, but it is done by us as professors and teachers of his name, by virtue of a commission and instructions we have received from him, and a power which he has invested us with, that name which Christ has above every name; his authority, his command has done it; as writs run in the king’s name, though it is an inferior officer that executes them. The power of Christ is fetched in through faith in his name, a confidence in him, a dependence on him, a believing application to him, and expectation from him, even that faith which is by him, which is of his working; it is not of ourselves, it is the gift of Christ; and it is for his sake, that he may have the glory of it; for he is both the author and finisher of our faith. Those that wrought this miracle by faith derived power from Christ to work it, and therefore returned all the glory to him. By this true and just account of the miracle, Peter both confirmed the great gospel truth they were to preach to the world—that Jesus Christ is the fountain of all power and grace, and the great healer and Savior…”

Why should we not expect the same today? The Lord confirms His word as true with signs, wonders, and miracles. Maybe today the Lord will give you an opportunity to pray for someone who is suffering. As you lay your hands on them in faith, God Himself will begin to work. If you are sick, take courage. Jesus of Nazareth is still alive and I heard a rumor that He is passing your way.

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