Aeneas’ Healing: Lydda’s Salvation

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!

Paul’s Conversion

6th November

“Immediately he preached the Christ in the synagogues, that He is the Son of God. Then all who heard were amazed and said, “Is this not he who destroyed those who called on this Name in Jerusalem, and has he come here for that purpose, so that he might bring them bound to the chief priests?” But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who dwelt in Damascus, proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

Acts 9:20-22

God saves. Period. Amazingly God in His grace reaches out to even the most hardened criminals…. Even the likes of Saul. Paul, formerly known as Saul, was the leader of the persecution movement towards all who called upon the Name of Jesus. He was equipped and ready to arrest and imprison all those who followed ‘The Way’. Yet Jesus had other plans for His life and amazingly reached out to him on the road to Damascus.

Ananias, commissioned to baptise and restore Saul, was understandably filled with fear when Jesus told him to meet Saul; After all, Saul was a hater of Christians and an enemy of Jesus. How would you feel if Jesus told you to confront a hardened criminal and tell them Jesus has a plan for their life? However, Ananias was obedient to Jesus, baptising and commissioning Paul to preach the Gospel to Jews and Gentiles alike. Even Saul could not escape the grace and love of Jesus Christ.

Astoundingly, immediately after Paul was saved, he went out to the synagogues, preaching the Good News that Jesus was the Christ and even confounding his own people. Here was Paul, a hater of Christians now preaching God’s grace and love and proving that Jesus really was the Christ. That is the power of God’s grace!

God’s grace is not limited to our human understanding. The story of Paul’s conversion proves this and highlights that Jesus’ love is not limited to people who deserve it. Moreover, His love and grace is so powerful to not only save but to change a persons attitude, life and purpose. Let us be obedient to Christ when He calls us to share His Good News with others, even if they are hardened criminals….!