April 18th 2021
One day Peter and John went to the Temple at three o'clock in the afternoon, the hour for prayer. There at the Beautiful Gate, as it was called,
was a man who had been lame all his life.
Every day he was carried to the gate to beg for money
from the people who were going into the Temple.
When he saw Peter and John going in, he begged them to give him something.
They looked straight at him, and Peter said,
"Look at us!"
So he looked at them, expecting to get something from them.
But Peter said to him,
"I have no money at all, but I give you what I have:
in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth I order you to get up and walk!"
Then he took him by his right hand and helped him up.
At once the man's feet and ankles became strong;
he jumped up, stood on his feet, and started walking around.
Then he went into the Temple with them,
walking and jumping and praising God.
The people there saw him walking and praising God,
and when they recognized him as the beggar who had sat at the Beautiful Gate, they were all surprised and amazed at what had happened to him.
As the man held on to Peter and John in Solomon's Porch, as it was called,
the people were amazed and ran to them.
When Peter saw the people, he said to them,
"Fellow Israelites, why are you surprised at this, and why do you stare at us?
Do you think that it was by means of our own power or godliness
that we made this man walk?
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of our ancestors,
has given divine glory to his Servant Jesus.
But you handed him over to the authorities,
and you rejected him in Pilate's presence,
even after Pilate had decided to set him free.
He was holy and good, but you rejected him,
and instead you asked Pilate to do you the favor of turning loose a murderer.
You killed the one who leads to life,
but God raised him from death - and we are witnesses to this.
It was the power of his name that gave strength to this lame man.
What you see and know was done by faith in his name;
it was faith in Jesus that has made him well, as you can all see.
And now, my friends, I know that what you
and your leaders did to Jesus was due to your ignorance.
God announced long ago through all the prophets
that his Messiah had to suffer; and he made it come true in this way.
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that he will forgive your si
They got up at once and went back to Jerusalem,
where they found the eleven disciples gathered together with the others
"The Lord is risen indeed! He has appeared to Simon!"
The two then explained to them what had happened on the road,
and how they had recognized the Lord when he broke the bread.
While the two were telling them this,
suddenly the Lord himself stood among them and said to them,
"Peace be with you."
They were terrified, thinking that they were seeing a ghost.
But he said to them,
"Why are you alarmed? Why are these doubts coming up in your minds?
Look at my hands and my feet, and see that it is I myself. Feel me, and you will know, for a ghost doesn't have flesh and bones, as you can see I have."
He said this and showed them his hands and his feet.
They still could not believe, they were so full of joy and wonder;
so he asked them,
"Do you have anything here to eat?"
They gave him a piece of cooked fish, which he took and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them,
"These are the very things I told you about while I was still with you: everything written about me in the Law of Moses,
the writings of the prophets, and the Psalms had to come true."
Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them,
"This is what is written:
the Messiah must suffer and must rise from death three days later,
and in his name the message about repentance and the forgiveness of sins must be preached to all nations, beginning in Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.
And I myself will send upon you what my Father has promised.
But you must wait in the city
until the power from above comes down upon you."