The Healing of a Crippled Man
(1) One day Peter and John were walking to the Jerusalem temple at 3 p.m.—the hour for Jewish prayer. (2) Now a man who was crippled since birth was being carried to the temple’s Beautiful Gate, where he was laid every day to beg from people entering the temple courts.
(3) When the man saw Peter and John entering the temple, he asked them for money. (4) Peter and John looked straight at the beggar, and Peter said, “Look at us!” (5) So the man looked at them, because he expected to receive some money from them. (6) Then Peter said, “I do not have money (silver or gold), but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk!” (7) Peter took him by his right hand and helped him stand up, and immediately his ankles and feet were healed.
(8) The man leaped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went into the temple courts, walking and jumping and praising God. (9) When all the people saw him walking and praising God, (10) they recognized him as the crippled man who lay begging every day at the temple’s Beautiful Gate, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at his healing.
(11) While the healed man was holding on to Peter and John, the astonished crowd of people came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade (see Acts 2:46).
The Message of Peter
(12) When Peter saw the crowd, he said to them: “My fellow Israelites, why are you so surprised? Why are you staring at us as though it was by our own power or godliness we made this man walk? (13) The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of our fathers—has glorified his servant Jesus. But you delivered him over to the Romans to be crucified, and you disowned him before Pontius Pilate, although Pilate wanted to set Jesus free. (14) You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be released to you instead. (15) You killed Jesus—the Author of Life—but God raised him from the dead, and we are eyewitnesses of his resurrection. (16) It was by faith in the name of Jesus that this crippled man, whom you see and know, was healed. It is in Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that this man was completely healed, as you can all see for yourselves.
(17) “Now, my fellow Israelites, I know that you and your leaders acted in ignorance. (18) But this is how God fulfilled what he foretold through the (Old Testament) prophets, saying that his Messiah (Christ) would suffer. (19) Therefore, you must repent and turn again to God, so that your sins will be taken away, times of spiritual refreshing will come from the Lord’s presence, (20) and so that he will send Jesus the Messiah (Christ), who was appointed for you. (21) But for now, Jesus must remain in heaven until it is God’s time to restore all of creation, as he promised through his holy (Old Testament) prophets. (22) Remember what Moses said in Deuteronomy 18:15, 19: ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. (23) Whoever does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’
(24) “For all the prophets, beginning with Samuel, told you about these days. (25) And you are descendants of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers, when he said to Abraham in Genesis 22:18: ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ (26) When God raised up his servant Jesus from the dead, he sent him first to bless the people of Israel by turning you from your wicked ways.”