Acts 9:32-10:48, Psalm 30


Soon, Acts will focus on Saul of Tarsus (aka Paul), but there is still more of Peter's story to tell. In our reading Peter performs two additional miracles that resemble miracles of Jesus (see John 5:1-8, Luke 7:11-17); by telling paralyzed Aeneas to arise and well as bringing a widow from death to life. One crucial difference between Jesus at the pool of Bethesda and the healing of Aeneas lies in the fact Jesus just made a command for a paralytic to get up and walk, while Peter says, “Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” (Acts 9:34) That line is strange if you are not accustomed to the Bible. How does Jesus Christ heal someone when He isn't present? The answer is, of course, that Jesus is present, and even though Peter is the mouthpiece, Jesus through the powerful Holy Spirit is able to heal even when unseen by mortal eyes. We cannot say this enough, whenever a miracle is done today, Jesus is doing this miracle through the Holy Spirit. Healings are never done by some preacher, nor some miracle-worker, but always Jesus. Whenever someone does a healing by the power of Jesus, they should be quick and hasty to give Jesus the credit. In fact, if one pays attention to the example of the apostles, performing a miracle or having a miraculous gift should humble a person instead of puff them up. These times always should be an opportunity to bless Jesus' name. Why then, does it seem so many are willing to assert their own greatness when accomplishing some miracle in Jesus' name? Do not understand me as cautious about the possibility of miracles. Rather, I am concerned about any miracle worker is willing to take any credit, explicitly or implicitly, when it should be obvious to them and everyone else that they are dust of earth. But when Jesus decides to heal, our Lord does, and for that Jesus deserves all honor, glory, and praise!