By The Jesus Bible
BEARING WITNESS TO JESUS
In Acts 3, Luke focuses on the importance of Jesus’ name by documenting the disciples’ empowerment to heal people “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” (3:6). This theme is seen throughout the book as the disciples continue to perform miracles and baptize in Jesus’ name, as well as witnessing to and suffering “disgrace for the Name” (e.g., 5:41; 9:16; 10:48; 21:13).
Not only is their power to do these things directly sourced from Jesus himself, but also their purpose is, unquestionably, to proclaim Jesus’ name. The core of discipleship is always centered on the person of Christ, nothing else. The mission is always to know Jesus and to make him known. Jesus’ disciples give, serve, heal, witness, are empowered, and live for Jesus — not for their own glory, but to bring glory and honor to his name above all others (Ac 4:12; Php 2:9 – 11; Rev 15:4).
Jesus, help me to know you and make you known. I want to bring glory and honor to your name. Amen.
1 Peter and John were going up into the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. 2 A certain man who was lame from his mother’s womb was being carried, whom they laid daily at the door of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask gifts for the needy of those who entered into the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive gifts for the needy. 4 Peter, fastening his eyes on him, with John, said, “Look at us.” 5 He listened to them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have, that I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!” 7 He took him by the right hand, and raised him up. Immediately his feet and his ankle bones received strength. 8 Leaping up, he stood, and began to walk. He entered with them into the temple, walking, leaping, and praising God. 9 All the people saw him walking and praising God. 10 They recognized him, that it was he who used to sit begging for gifts for the needy at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
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