“Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: 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 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.” (Acts 3:6-8, NKJV)
In Acts 3:1-10, you see the story of a man that had been lame all his life. In life you are attracted to what you are exposed to. If your normal is mediocrity, you become attracted to mediocrity. In such a situation, you become dependent on people to get to where you want to be—daily they carried and laid him by the gate beautiful.
The people that carry you will only take you so far. You will be at the point where you see beauty and glory, but you have never had a taste of it. There is a syndrome called failure at the edge of success.
This man always ended up at the same spot everyday no matter the effort. It is a tough life to always end up at the same spot. You invest, the same income. You study—the same mark. You make effort for your marriage to get better—the same strife. You dress nice with serious attitude adjustment but still no man said hello. You buy a car and upgrade your manners but no lady wants to have anything to do with you—always at the same spot
The lame man at the beautiful gate—what a contrast. An ugly problem at a beautiful position. People that are in such a situation begin to organize a pity party for themselves for comfort—because they are always losing opportunities.
For the first time in his life, this man stood up, he walked, he leapt and he praised God. In one day, he was able to do 4 things that he had never done before.
Can I also say that two instructions were given to this man by Peter, rise up and walk but he leapt and started praising God…this man knew that if he had to walk all his life, it will take time for him to catch up lost ground therefore he started leaping and praising God
Let us remember, all this happened in the name of Jesus.
The name Jesus in Hebrew—Jeshua means Jehovah is salvation. The word Christ—Christos, the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew Messiah means anointed. He came to perfect what the first Adam could not accomplish. He alone will say a thing (even in prophesy) and ensure that it becomes a reality.
Who is Jesus?
1.)Partition Breaker: “At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split apart,” (Matthew 27:51, NLT)
2.)Promise Keeper: “But you shall receive power (ability, efficiency, and might) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends (the very bounds) of the earth.” (Acts 1:8, TAB)
3.)Peace Maker: “Teacher, they said, This woman has been caught in the very act of adultery. Now Moses in the Law commanded us that such [women–offenders] shall be stoned to death. But what do You say [to do with her–what is Your sentence]? When Jesus raised Himself up, He said to her, Woman, where are your accusers? Has no man condemned you? She answered, No one, Lord! And Jesus said, I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:4-5; 10-11, TAB)
4.)Protector: “Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied. “I Am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) As Jesus said “I Am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground! 7 Once more he asked them, “Who are you looking for?” And again they replied, “Jesus the Nazarene.” “I told you that I Am he,” Jesus said. “And since I am the one you want, let these others go.” (John 18:4-8, NLT)
5.)Pathfinder: “Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror. But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s me. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:24-27, MSG)
6.)Provider: “However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.” (Matthew 17:27, NLT)
What can the name do?
- Conquest—Philippians 2:9-10
- Justification—1 Corinthians 6:11
- Unity—1 Corinthians 1:10
- Deliverance—Acts 16:18
- Boldness—Acts 9:29, 27
- Signs and Wonders—Acts 4:30, 10, Acts 3:6