7th & 8th November
“Meanwhile, Peter traveled from place to place, and he came down to visit the believers in the town of Lydda. There he met a man named Aeneas, who had been paralysed and bedridden for eight years. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you! Get up, and roll up your sleeping mat!” And he was healed instantly. Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas walking around, and they turned to the Lord.”
Acts of the Apostles 9:32-35 NLT
Jesus’ Name is powerful. The bible comments that there is no other Name by which men can be saved and on evidence of the things written in it, it is a truth that cannot be denied. In Jesus’ Name many were and are healed, set free and forgiven by the power of His gracious and kind love.
Today’s story in the book of Acts is another fine example of the mighty power of Jesus at work to change lives. Peter, as he traveled to the town of Lydda, saw a man called Aeneas who had been paralysed for 8 years. When Peter saw him he had compassion and spoke boldly in the Name of Jesus, declaring his healing. Aeneas was instantly healed, rolled up his mat and began following Jesus! Furthermore, because of Aeneas’ healing, the whole population of Lydda were saved and turned to the Lord.
How incredible. By the physical healing of one man, many were saved. This highlights an incredible truth that not only does Jesus heal our physical needs but His work of healing runs deeper than just the physical! Our prayer should be that more signs, wonders and miracles happen in our homes, churches and in our everyday lives, yet may they be accompanied by God’s salvation so that many turn to the Lord. Jesus’ Name is as powerful today as it was in this story. Jesus still heals, delivers and saves. May we know the fullness of our identity in Him, the power of His grace, the work of His salvation, and the power of His healing… Let us not be afraid to pray for the impossible.. For there is nothing impossible with Christ Jesus!