Miracles in Jesus' Name

Today's Bible reading: Acts 3:1-16

As we take a look together at these early chapters in Acts [of the Holy Spirit] … a key thing for us to notice is that they often refer to the name of Jesus.  His name stands for His saving presence, as well as for His power which is at work through His authorized witnesses – the apostles.  Just as Jesus healed and cast out demons, so too His apostles.  The story of the healing of the cripple at the Temple Gate illustrates perfectly the power of Jesus name.  The lame man is told to walk “in the name of Jesus of Nazareth.”  And he does.  After healing the man, Peter proclaims: “And His name—by faith in His name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.”  This fact rings just as true and powerfully for us today as it did 2000 years ago: since this name is power, there is no other name by which we can and must be saved.

It is natural that a miracle like this leads to preaching which explains that Jesus is Christthe fulfillment of all God’s promises … the end of His plan.  As we have seen, the risen Lord explained the Scriptures to His disciples.  Yet as we read the sermons of Peter and Paul in Acts, we cannot but be impressed by the fact that now - under the guidance of the Spirit - the Scriptures really come alive!

Prayer: Fill us, Holy Spirit, that our hearts and lips may honor Jesus' holy name.  Amen.