Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rise up and walk

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man crippled from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!" So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.
Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.

-Act 3:1-10

Whenever I hear this passage, I think of the children's song, " 'In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk', and he went walking and leaping and praising God, walking and leaping..." No? There really IS a song, even if you don't know it :)

But, think of being lame, not being able to walk all of your life, then two men walk up to you and say "In the name of Jesus Christ, stand up and walk", and you immediately can! That must have taken a lot of faith. Then, instead of just walking around, the Bible says the man was praising God! Some people would have been too overjoyed that they could walk, to not even give credit to the person who gave it to Him!


1 comment:

Jenna Johnson said...

I seriously started singing the song. haha.. I think I sang that song too much as a kid. I remember a lot of the words.