Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Acts 3:6-7
As Jesus predicted, Peter denied him three times the night of his arrest. We can only imagine the feeling of devastation and failure that filled Peter’s soul. Only weeks later, he was addressing crowds and preaching “repent and be baptized.”
One day during this time, Peter and John encountered a man crippled from birth and Peter heals him in Christ’s name. He is quick to admonish the crowd that it is not his words or power or abilities at work but the Christ’s.
Peter understood the power of sin, his ego, self-preservation and fear. Jesus offered him forgiveness and restoration. His disgrace became the foundation of his ministry. His brokenness was healed with grace.
We too are offered forgiveness and restoration. Are you carrying a great failure? What fills you with shame? Jesus is calling you to wholeness, that your healing may inspire and heal others in his name. May we all respond as the lame man did, Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. Let us create amazement and awe in the works of our Lord.