What A Man Says
Posted: May 7, 2022
Author: Christopher Brock
Acts 3:6-7, New International Version
“But Peter said, ‘I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!’ And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.”
Many Christians have read and know the story of Peter and the lame beggar. It was an amazing miracle which resulted in many people coming to know who Jesus is. However, this story, and specifically the verse for today, makes a connection to something that happened earlier in the New Testament. Let’s dig in to understand why.
In Matthew chapter four, we read about how Jesus called His first disciples. The very first disciple that Jesus called was Peter. Jesus approached Peter and his brother Andrew as they were fishing. The first thing that Jesus told Peter and Andrew was that He was going to make them fishers of men. This was a promise to them. When He spoke, Jesus was not merely telling them something that sounded interesting, He meant it! Peter and Andrew immediately believed Him, and they left their boat and followed Jesus. And the rest, as we say, is history.
So, how does this story relate to our passage in Acts? We see Peter give an instruction to the lame beggar in a somewhat similar fashion as the instruction that Jesus had once given him. After giving the instruction to the lame beggar, Peter then did something… he reached out, took the lame beggar’s hand, and raised him to his feet. This is where things get interesting. When Peter took the beggar by the hand, it was not simply an offer. The Greek word that was used to describe this act is the word piazo. This word means “to capture or apprehend”, and what is even more interesting is that this word would have been casually used to describe the act of catching fish. Jesus, of course, had told Peter when He first met him that He would make Peter a fisher of men. What a blessed fulfillment of that promise!
What I believe we can take from this is that when Jesus tells us He is going to do something, we can have full confidence that He is going to do it! I believe that there are some people reading this article today who have received a promise from the Lord. You have heard His Spirit tell you that He is going to do something in your life or in the life of a loved one. I want to tell you today to not lose hope! God will fulfill every promise!