Acts 3:1-10 Healing at the Beautiful Gate; “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you, in the name of Jesus rise and walk.”
Everywhere that Jesus goes, people know of his power. They recognize him, and they rush to bring the sick to Jesus. That’s how we would do it as well, I think. If we had someone sick, and we knew that Jesus was coming to town, or heard that he was in town, we’d go. We’d take our sick, and we’d rush. After all, we don’t know how long this miraculous man is going to be in town.
On the other hand, Peter and John don’t seem to be recognized, or recognizable. The beggar asks them for money, and is probably a bit disappointed when they say they have neither silver nor gold. Yet they do have something for him. They have the name of Christ. And that is enough to heal the man. Not gold, not silver, just Jesus. Jesus is enough.
Is our faith one that is recognized as having power, or is the power hidden until it is given? Do we believe that Jesus is more of a gift than silver or gold, and more good news to those on the edge of society than
wealth? Do people flock to the Christ, or does the power of God go unnoticed to the beautiful gate?