Moving into Battle
It's 3pm in the afternoon (the hour of prayer in the Temple), Peter and John head up to join the throng at the great House of God.
And on the way in, as they came to the Gate called Beautiful (a gate inlayed with gold and precious stones, situated as an entrance in the Eastern side of the Temple courts) - they came across this man who had been crippled since birth.
A man so lame that he couldn't even hobble along with the aid of a crutch, but instead he had to be carried everywhere. And so he had some good friends who would carry him every day and lay him at this entrance to the Temple to beg from the people going up to pray.
You see he wasn't allowed inside the Temple to join in prayer, because he was a cripple. Because of their spiritual pride they felt that he was blemished - not fit for the house of God. And so he sat on the steps and begged. And people gave him their loose change (to ease their consciences as they went to prayer!)
But, as Peter and John approached this particular day he saw them, and so he asked them for alms. (Peter and John had just recently been filled with the Holy Spirit, and so they were just full of joy and life - so this lame man felt sure to get a good offering from these guys).
Peter and John stopped as he spoke to them (not like everyone else who tried to get past him without looking), and Peter said to him: "LOOK AT US!" - Perhaps the man's head was bowed down; he never looked into the eyes of those who came by for fear of offending them. He didn't want to embarrass, so he kept his head low - but here is Peter saying "Look at us!"
So he looked up at them "expecting to receive something from them." Peter said: "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk
I. THE LIBERATION THAT PROMOTES THE CHURCH
Peter and John are seen going up to the temple at the hour of prayer where so ofte ...
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