Only One risen Saviuor

Only One risen Saviuor
There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved - Jesus

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Acts Day 122 - Follow the Action

9:32 Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. 33 There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. 35 So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.

The book of Acts is a book of action. Things are happening all over the place and we are being told the highlights. Now we are leaving Saul who has left for Tarsus and are rejoining Peter who is on a preaching tour throughout Judah. His travels have taken him to Lydda which is almost straight west of Jerusalem toward the coast of the Mediterranean near Joppa. There he meets a paralyzed man named Aeneas who has been bedridden for eight years.

This man was named after the supposed son of the Greek "god" Aphrodite. His name means 'praiseworthy'. Yet here he is rendered helpless. No 'gods' have rescued him. Peter comes to him and says "Jesus the Christ (Messiah) heals you. Arise and make your bed."

The news of what happened spread all over town and beyond and many believed. Today it's common to have theologians explain away miracles. Demon possession was epilepsy etc... yet it's hard to fake 8 years of paralysis. This man wasn't brought into town as part of a healing circus show. He was a local. They knew him. He was one of them. When they saw what Jesus could do even for a paralyzed man they believed. They discovered the One who was praise worthy.

It's important to realize what did not happen in Lydda. Not everyone personally experienced an undeniable physical miracle. Most of them didn't even see the moment the miracle happened. What they did see was a healthy man walking that they knew had been a paralytic for years.

You may never experience a miracle of this magnitude yourself but if you are open to evidence they still happen. Tumours disappear. Cancers vanish. Eyesight returns without any medical intervention. Aeneas was named 'praiseworthy' after the son of an impotent 'god', but thanks to Peter's faithfulness to God and willingness to serve, he and his village discovered the One who truly is praiseworthy.

Keep your eyes and ears open and you will find reasons to call Him praiseworthy too.

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