"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Resurrection message in Jerusalem (through word and healing)
Acts 3:1-26 Commentary
by Elisabeth Johnson
The summary statement at the end of Acts 2 says that in Jerusalem, "awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles" (2:43), and that Jesus' followers "spent much time together in the temple" (2:46).
The beginning of chapter 3 illustrates these statements beautifully. Peter and John are shown "going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, at three o'clock in the afternoon" (3:1), where an encounter with a lame man leads to a wondrous healing and amazement among the people.
Lame Man Leaping
The man lame from birth is carried in daily and laid at a temple gate to beg for alms from those entering the temple. When he encounters Peter and John, he gets much more than he bargained for. "I have no silver or gold," Peter says, "but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk" (3:6).
Peter takes the lame man by the hand and raises him up (3:7). Immediately the lame man's feet and ankles are made strong again, so that he not only stands, but walks and leaps into the temple praising God (3:8). His response recalls Isaiah 35, which says that "the lame shall leap like a deer" when the redeemed return joyfully to Zion (35:6). When the people see the man walking ...
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The narrative lectionary is a four-year cycle of readings. Read more.
Narrative Lectionary 036: Resurrection message in Jerusalem.
April 15, 2012
Join Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester for "I Love to Tell the Story," a weekly conversation on the narrative lectionary. This week's reading is Resurrection message in Jerusalem: Acts 3:1-26.