“Peter and John went to pray.
They met a lame man on the way.
He asked for alms and held out his palms,
and this is what Peter did say.
Silver and gold have I none,
but such as I have, give I thee.
In the name of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth, rise up and walk.
He went walking and leaping and praising God!
Walking and leaping and praising God!
In the name of Jesus Christ
of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
This chapter reminds me of the song I used to sing as a child. The words explain verses 1-10 of chapter 3.
The lame man was lame from birth. This was not a trick. Because the lame man was brought to the temple daily, most people recognized him and were familiar with his disabilities. It was especially peaking to their interest when he was healed, because they had personal knowledge of his life before the healing.
Peter and John acted “in the name of Jesus Christ”, not crediting self, but pointing the action and the power of the miracle to the appropriate owner. Jesus was the One who healed the man.
Also note that the lame man instinctively gave praise and credit back to God. He went “walking and leaping and praising God”. It was a natural response. He was excited. He was grateful. He didn’t thank Peter or John, he thanked God. The healed man gave immediate testimony of the miracle to all those present that day. There was no doubt that the man was healed, and there was no doubt who was responsible for the healing because the man, himself, gave credit to God. Who better to know the Healer’s name, but the one who has been healed?
The name of Jesus holds immeasurable power. Have you ever just expressed your faith by audibly speaking in the name of Jesus Christ?
There are times in my life where I remember Christ’s name, audibly spoken, evoking power over the situation. One such time was during a 5 1/2 minute seizure my son was having. We were practicing with the praise team when he fell to the ground seizing uncontrollably. My husband ran toward us holding him and screaming my son’s name. It was horrific. I had never seen my husband that scared.
I took Brett, laid him down on the floor, called his name over and over, trying to figure out what we could do to help him. I think there was several people who were near us, others trying to keep children away, one running to call an ambulance. A lot of the ordeal was subconsciously blanked out, but what I remember is someone saying they called 911, the images of him jerking violently, his lips turning blue, then hearing the words of one of our paramedic friends say, “There’s just nothing we can do for him right now“……time just ticking by, still seizing, praying in my mind, “Lord, he’s only two…God, please help him, help him Lord“….then, suddenly I hear Cherie’s voice,
“In the name of Jesus……through the power of Your Name….”
Her prayer will always be a remembrance of that day, because the name of Jesus echoes over and over in my mind. It was Jesus who heard our cries. It was the name of Jesus that calmed my motherly panic and assured me that Brett would be okay. The name of Jesus rang out, bursting through all the chaos and noise and confusion, as if it were blasted through a loud speaker in my ear. Even now, 2 years later, I cannot fully describe the whole power that His name gave over that whole situation. It is just wonderfully unexplainable.
The name of Jesus is a powerful weapon. It cuts through fear and doubt and hurt. It reminds us that we don’t have to face situations alone. It brings our ally, the most powerful and victorious One, to our side to comfort, strengthen, heal, and destroy the futile attempts of satan against us.
This reminds me of another song:
“There is power, power in the name of Jesus.
There is power, power in Jesus’ name.
Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess
The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Son of Righteousness.
Hell is trembling at the strength we possess.
We have power, power, power in Jesus’ name.”
Jesus’ name gives us power, just as we receive through the Holy Spirit, to face each day. Verse 16 points out that Jesus’ name, through faith in His name, makes us strong.
Hell trembles at the sound of it. We have nothing more to fear. Praise the Lord for the freedom to use the name of Jesus!