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Acts 3-4:1-22

There are many accounts of healing by Jesus in the New Testament.  But after Jesus ascended to Heaven, Peter and John later came upon a 40+-year-old man who was crippled.  The crippled man had been brought to the temple gate each day so he could beg.   Peter called on the power of Jesus’ name for the man and he was healed!  The man jumped around, praising God.  He wasn’t the only one praising God.  Shocked onlookers that knew the man, ran to them, praising God too.

Oh, the power of Jesus’ name!  If the man’s mother was around, I’m guessing she would have been one of the loudest praising God.  PRAISE GOD!



Luke 22:49-59, John 18:10-11, 25-27

In Luke and John, we read about a man named Malchus.  Who’s Malchus?  Well, before Jesus was arrested, Peter wielded his sword and chopped off Malchus’ ear.  Jesus then healed him.  Malchus was a servant of the high priest.  Later, one of Malchus’ relatives asked Peter if he was with Jesus in the garden.  And as you probably remember, others questioned Peter as well.

Regarding those who questioned Peter, Luke mentioned, “a servant girl,” a man, and “another.”  John gave the significant detail of Malchus’ relative to this account.

The Reformation Study Bible says about Malchus’ relative, “A question by this man endangered Peter more than the previous ones, since he might have wanted to avenge Malchus.”  And the NIV Study Bible says, “a relative.  Another piece of information we owe to John.  A relative would have a deeper interest in the swordsman than other people had.  But the light in the garden would have been dim, as in the courtyard (a charcoal fire glows, but does not have flames.)”

This chapter in Peter’s life included Malchus and a relative of his.  What feelings would Malchus have had?  Malchus probably screamed when his ear was cut off.  I don’t know if Malchus had time to be angry at Peter since Jesus healed him so fast.  If Malchus’ relative tried to rile Malchus later about Peter, Malchus might have instead secretly told him about the loving, healing touch of Jesus.  After all, Jesus has a way of stealing the show.


John 1:44-50, 21:1-14

Nathanael was with Jesus at the beginning of His ministry and at the end of His earthly ministry.  Near the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, Nathanael wondered aloud about Nazareth if “anything good could come from there.”  Soon, he found himself talking with Jesus, who amazed him by saying he had seen Nathanael by a fig tree before he was called.  He became a disciple.  Nathanael was from Cana, less than 10 miles north of Nazareth.

Why did Nathanael make that disparaging remark about Nazareth?  For an answer, I referred to R. C.  Sproul’s Reformation Study Bible which says, “Nathanael apparently expresses contemporary skepticism that a prophet could arise from Galilee.  Nazareth was an insignificant village, not mentioned in the Old Testament or other Jewish literature of the time.”

At the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry, when He was making one of His unforgettable appearances, this time causing the near net-breaking fish catch at the Sea of Galilee, Nathanael was there.  Interestingly, Nathanael’s hometown of Cana is over 10 miles west of the Sea of Galilee, so he had a farther distance to travel to the Sea of Galilee than Peter, who was from Bethsaida, less than 2.5 miles away.

Nathanael wondered how something good could come from Nazareth.  Nathanael soon got to experience Jesus’ miracles.


Luke 9:28-33

Whenever I read Luke 9:33, it makes me smile.  While Moses and Elijah are leaving Jesus, Peter proposes making shelters for each of them.  This verse says, “…(He did not know what he was saying.)”  So, maybe later, Peter thought, “Why did I say that?”

I went to two sources for insight on Luke 9:33.  Liberty Bible Commentary says, “The three disciples were fast asleep while all this was transpiring, and were surprised by what they saw when they awoke.”

The Reformation Study Bible  by R. C. Sproul says, “Peter suggests building structures of some kind, perhaps to enable the experience to be prolonged.”

Peter probably didn’t know that people in the future would be analyzing his words.  Poor Peter.  His heart was in the right place.

John 6:16-21, John 21:25, Matthew 14:22-33

Jesus did walk on the water, and after a little study, I discovered that He accomplished that feat at least twice.  In Matthew, Jesus walked on the water to the frightened disciples on a windy night.  This is the account where Peter walked out to Jesus but started sinking.  Then, Jesus and Peter got in the boat.

In John, Jesus walked on the water to frightened disciples in windy darkness.  But in this account, when Jesus alone got into the boat, the boat and all aboard instantly arrived at the intended shore.

At the end of the book of John, he says there are so many things Jesus did, that writing too many books would be the result.  Since all of the wonderful things Jesus did weren’t recorded, it makes me think he could have walked on water more than the above two accounts.


Matthew 4:18-20, 17:27

Have you gone fishing before?  When I was younger, my family and I went fishing with Grandpa Topping many times.  It felt good to catch a fish.

Jesus provided Peter, a professional fisherman, a fun way to pay taxes.  He asked Peter to get a coin from the mouth of the first fish he caught.  Imagine Peter’s excitement to catch that fish and find money inside!

This is not a fish story.  Jesus is powerful and can do whatever He wants.


Matthew 9:18-22, Matthew 14:22-33, Hebrews 11:6

If you’ve read The New Testament, then you know faith is important.  Early on in Matthew, a lady who had a bleeding condition for years touched Jesus’ cloak.  He was pleased with her faith and she was healed.  About midway through Matthew, Peter tried to walk on the water to Jesus, but he didn’t get very far before he was scared and started sinking.  Jesus seemed irritated that Peter’s faith was lacking.  He asked him why he doubted.

There are many more examples of faith in the Bible.  Faith is important but it’s more than that.  In Hebrews 11:6 we learn that without faith it’s impossible to please God.  Let’s please God by having faith.


John 13:34, Romans 13:8, 1 Peter 3:8, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 John 4:7, 1 John 4:11-12

Grandma Topping was a godly woman.  She lived a godly life, and my mom said that Grandma’s last words before she died were, “Love one another.”

“Love one another” was spoken by Jesus as a command to Christians.  Later, Paul used those three words along with saying that those that love others have, “fulfilled the law.”

Peter said, “…love one another deeply…” and then reiterated, “love one another” a couple of chapters later.  In addition, John said in 1 John 4:7, “…love one another…” and then repeated the words twice in 1 John 4:11-12.

As far as I can tell, the words, “love one another” were said once by Paul, twice by Peter and Jesus, and three times by John.  When my grandma spoke those wise words from the Bible, she was concurring with their extreme significance.

Do you love others like Jesus did?  If not, maybe you just realized you have a new resolution for 2015 and beyond.


Acts 9:32-35

Our family listens to a chapter of the Bible every morning.  We’re currently in Acts, and there is one story, where Peter healed a bedridden, paralyzed man with  Jesus’ power.  The man had been in bed eight years when Peter asked him to get up and make his bed.  Think about what that day in the man’s life must have been like.  All of a sudden, he doesn’t have to stay in bed.  He’s not paralyzed anymore and can even make his bed!  I wonder how he lived his post-healing days.  Maybe after making his bed he got something to eat and started to do things he had done before he became paralyzed.

There are many things to be thankful for!  You just didn’t know making your bed was one of them.

John 21:15-17

In these verses, Jesus asked Peter if he loved him.  We know that Peter later showed his love for Jesus in a big way by how he lived.

In a past post, “St. Patrick’s Impact,” it was mentioned that St. Patrick baptized thousands of converts.  That and many other aspects of his life showed his love for Jesus.

Most of us don’t have the level of impact that Peter and St. Patrick had, but we can think about how we can show our love for Jesus.  It can be simple.  In the last month, I saw one man wearing a hat that said, “I love Jesus.”  Another man had a bumper sticker on his car that read, “Real men love Jesus.”

Do you love Jesus?  If you’re already showing you love Him in the best way you know how, that is great!  If you aren’t, or think you could do better, pray for guidance.  Godspeed!