Acts 3

1One day Peter and John went to the temple area. It was three o’clock in the afternoon. This was the time for the daily temple prayer service. 2When they were going into the temple yard, a man was there. This man had been crippled all his life. He could not walk, so some friends carried him. His friends brought him to the temple every day. They put the crippled man by one of the gates outside the temple. It was called Beautiful Gate. There the man begged for money from the people going to the temple. 3That day the man saw Peter and John going into the temple yard. He asked them for money. 4Peter and John looked at the crippled man and said, “Look at us!” 5The man looked at them; he thought they would give him some money. 6But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold, but I do have something else I can give you: By the power of Jesus Christ from Nazareth—stand up and walk!” 7Then Peter held the man’s right hand and lifted him up. Immediately the man’s feet and legs became strong. 8The man jumped up, stood on his feet, and began to walk. He went into the temple yard with them. The man was walking and jumping, and he was praising God. 9- 10All the people recognized him. The people knew he was the crippled man who always sat by Beautiful Gate to beg for money. Now they saw this same man walking and praising God. The people were amazed. They could not understand how this could happen. 11The man was holding on to Peter and John. All the people were amazed ˻because the man was healed˼. They ran to Peter and John at Solomon’s Porch. 12When Peter saw this, he said to the people, “My Jewish brothers, why are you surprised at this? You are looking at us like it was our power that made this man walk. Do you think this was done because we are good? 13No! God did it! He is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He is the God of all our fathers. He gave glory to Jesus, his special servant. But you gave Jesus to be killed. Pilate decided to let Jesus go free. But you told Pilate you did not want Jesus. 14Jesus was pure and good ˻(innocent)˼, but you said you did not want him. You told Pilate to give you a murderer instead of Jesus. 15And so you killed the One that gives life! But God raised him from death. We are witnesses of this—we saw this with our own eyes. 16It was the power of Jesus that made this crippled man well. This happened because we trusted in the power of Jesus. You can see this man, and you know him. He was made completely well because of trust in Jesus. You all saw it happen! 17”My brothers, I know you did those things to Jesus because you did not understand what you were doing. Your leaders also did not understand. 18God said that these things would happen. God said through the prophets that his Christ would suffer and die. I have told you how God made this happen. 19So you must change your hearts and lives! Come back to God and he will forgive your sins. 20Then the Lord ˻(God)˼ will give you times of spiritual rest. He will give you Jesus, the One he chose to be the Christ. 21But Jesus must stay in heaven until the time when all things will be made right again. God told about this time when he spoke long ago through his holy prophets. 22Moses said, 'The Lord your God will give you a prophet. That prophet will come from among your own people ˻(the Jews)˼. He will be like me. You must obey everything that prophet tells you. 23And if any person refuses to obey that prophet, then that person will die, separated from God’s people.’ 24Samuel, and all the other prophets who spoke for God after Samuel, talked about this time now. 25You have received the things the prophets talked about. You have received the agreement that God made with your fathers. God said to your father Abraham, 'Every nation on earth will be blessed through your descendants.’ 26God has sent his special servant ˻(Jesus)˼. God sent him to you first. God sent Jesus to bless you. He does this by making each of you turn away from doing bad things.”

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