Power in the Name of Jesus
“I don’t have any money for you but I will give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ get up and walk!” Acts 3:6
“Wait a second, I thought only Jesus could heal people?”, might be the question some of you are asking yourselves right now. And the answer to that question is yes. What we read today is an account of the power of Jesus’s name. When we were younger and our brother or sister told us to do something we didn’t want to do we most likely didn’t do it. But on the other hand, if they said mom or dad told you to do it we all of a sudden got this sense of “I need to do this” and if not, like with my parents, there would be consequences. In the Hebrew mind a person’s name revealed their character. Different names warrant different levels of authority. But the difference between the name of Jesus and any other name is the difference between listening to words and being healed by them. The scriptures say that the man was lame from birth and that he sat at the gate every day asking people for money and Peter and John were no exception. But because Peter had the authority of Jesus, just as we do I might add, he was able to offer the man healing through Jesus’s name which is of far greater value then any amount of silver and gold. It would change his life eternally. Something worth pointing out is the fact that after the man was healed, he jumped up and the text says that “he began praising God because of what had just taken place.” It doesn’t say Peter or John it says God. Our actions should point people to our God, not ourselves. Center your life around Jesus and point people to Him today.