Have I trusted in the Master Jesus?
What a change occurred to the early disciples of Jesus. The power of the Holy Spirit gave them great boldness and courage. They had witnessed the resurrection of our Master Jesus and saw Him ascend to sit at the right hand of God. What a stunning reversal.
That is the power of God in my life. Do I see that? Do I recognize that daily? I do! The power of the Holy Spirit is real. Jesus has changed me. That is very good news and stunning.
Through the work of the apostles, many God-signs were set up among the people, many wonderful things done. They all met regularly and in remarkable harmony on the Temple porch named after Solomon. But even though people admired them a lot, outsiders were wary about joining them. On the other hand, those who put their trust in the Master were added right and left, men and women both. They even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on stretchers and bedrolls, hoping they would be touched by Peter’s shadow when he walked by. They came from the villages surrounding Jerusalem, throngs of them, bringing the sick and bedeviled. And they all were healed. | Acts 5:12-16
The mighty wonders performed by the Apostles were the fulfillment of the Master’s promise that they would do “greater works” in answer to believing prayer. When Jesus performed miracles during His ministry on earth, He had three purposes in mind:
- To show compassion and meet human need.
- To present His credentials as the Son of God.
- To convey spiritual truth. For example, when He fed the 5,000, the miracle met their physical need, revealed Him as the Son of God, and gave Him opportunity to preach a sermon about the Bread of Life.
The apostolic miracles followed a similar pattern. Peter and John healed the crippled beggar and met his need, but Peter used that miracle to preach a salvation sermon and to prove to the people and the council that he and John were indeed the servants of the living Messiah.