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Rise Up and Walk
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Acts 3:1-11 tells the story of a poor beggar, crippled from birth. This man lay at the beautiful gate of the temple in Jerusalem. He had worked this spot at the front door of the church for nearly forty years. It was a prime location. The massive temple with its beautiful gate was impressive. But architectural beauty couldn’t bring healing to crippled limbs. Lots of church members going in and out with money in their pockets passed this man.

The crippled man probably did all right financially. But he needed a miracle.The Bible says, “When he saw Peter and John about to enter the Temple, he asked for a handout. Peter, with John at his side, looked him straight in the eye and said, ‘Look here.’ He looked up, expecting to get something from them. Peter said, ‘I don’t have a nickel to my name, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!’” Then Peter held out his hand to the helpless man.

Was this some kind of joke? Was Peter making fun of his handicap? Whatever his thoughts, the crippled man reached out with the hand of faith in the name of Jesus. Peter "grabbed him by the right hand and pulled him up. In an instant his feet and ankles became firm. He jumped to his feet and walked. The man went into the Temple with them... Everybody there saw him walking around and praising God. They recognized him as the one who sat begging at the temple’s Gate Beautiful and rubbed their eyes, astonished, scarcely believing what they were seeing."

What Jesus did long ago for a poor, crippled, nameless beggar, He will do for you! Will you reach out and take the outstretched hand of Jesus today?

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