Daily Radio Bible Podcast
Peter says, I'll give you what I have. But what is it that Peter has, that this man, this lay man from birth needs. The lay man expects so little. But he's about to get far more than he ever, ever thought. Luke tells us that Peter shares his faith in the one who forgives sins, who sees our inability to walk beyond the beautiful gate, and into God's life. Over and over, the lay man has been placed at the beautiful gate, but he's never able to enter beyond into the temple area, that place where God and life are. Instead, he sits outside the gate. And he waits and he begs, and he expects so little. And then Peter arrives. But it's not just Peter who's there. Jesus is there in Peter. And Jesus through Peter sees the man, this man who is about to go beyond the beautiful gate and into life. Peter looks at him intently with tone, and says, I don't have any silver or gold for you. But I'll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ, the Nazarene get up and walk. We're told that as Peter helped him up his muscles in his ankles and his legs were restored, and he got up and he left and he danced and he sang praises to God. He went through the gate, and into the temple and into life. He was standing upright, made new, his friends couldn't get him through that gate, Moses and the prophets couldn't get him through that gate. But Peter seizes this opportunity to speak to the crowds, and onlookers, he urges them not to look at him. And john, he tells them, why stare at us is that we made this man walk by our power or godliness. He wants them all to know that it was done through the power of the resurrected Christ, the Messiah, Jesus is the one that made the lay man walk. And he's the one that takes him and us beyond the beautiful gate and into life. He's the one, the only one who can do that for all of us, who are stuck there. Unable to go any further. Moses and the prophets couldn't do it. They were just pointing to the one who could, the one who had come to give his very life for each and every one of us. He alone can restore us, so that we can walk up right and enter into the presence of God, leaping, shouting, praising, there's only one person that can take us beyond and into the life that we were made for. It's Jesus, he comes in, he sees us and he speaks life to us, inviting you to stand up, to walk with Him. In his presence, there is life where we are all made new. Let the abiding life of Christ lift you up and take you in far beyond any gates, far beyond anything you've ever imagined. That's the prayer that I have from my own soul today. That's a prayer that I have for my family, for my wife, and my daughters and my son. And that's a prayer that I have for you. May be so
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