from Lynda Lindsey
Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Acts 3:4-5
A man crippled from birth was prominently situated where he would have ample opportunities to beg. Seeing Peter and John about to enter the temple courts, the man asked them for money. We aren’t told how old this man was, but he had been crippled since birth. He wasn’t able to work because of his infirmity. It was his daily custom to be carried to this place to beg. This was his life. This was what he knew. It was familiar. The beggar gave Peter and John his attention, expecting to get something from them. And the crippled man did receive something....just not what he had expected! The beggar received much more than a few stray coins tossed his way; he received life, health, wholeness. Instantly the man’s feet and ankles were made strong, he jumped to his feet and began walking, leaping, and praising God!
The beggar was expectant, gave Peter and John his attention, and received much more than he could imagine or conceive. It’s the same with us. We enter life crippled from sin. We hobble along. We do the best we can. We show up everyday to what we know, to the familiar. We yearn for our “ship to come in.” We try all the latest thrills. But there’s a nagging sense that something is eluding us. But what? Like the beggar looking at Peter and John, once we look expectantly at the risen, living Lord, we expect to get something from Him. We beg for relief from our pain, emptiness, lack of ability or purpose. We can only see, and beg for, a temporary solution. And Jesus? His perspective is eternal. Jesus responds by lavishly pouring out upon us His love, forgiveness, grace, mercy, healing, and wholeness such that our only response can be walking, leaping and praising God!