Jesus The Christ heals You
Peter at Lydda & Joppa
Peter at Lydda & Joppa
After Paul was converted Story goes back to Peter
At this time he was staying in Lydda
Lydda was a town SouthWest of Jerusalem (also called Lod)
There he met a man named AEneas who was paralyzed
32 Now it came to pass, as Peter went through all parts of the country, that he also came down to the saints who dwelt in Lydda. 33 There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden eight years and was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. 35 So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
Jesus the Christ heals you (makes you whole)
Jesus is The healer
The bibles says He took our infirmities upon His own self
By His stripes we were healed
We should believe this today as much as we believe it was then
This man had been paralyzed eight years
It is significant that the Bible tells us how long he had been sick
Of course we know it is no harder for God to do the miracle if he was sick for eight years or eight minutes
But we have a tendency to lose hope after a while
Do you suppose this guy prayed to get better when he first got sick?
He most probably did - but nothing happened
maybe he had a lack of faith
maybe he had a sense of guilt that kept him from being healed
maybe something else was blocking his faith
We have a tendency to get used to our “conditions”, and lose faith
especially after some time has passed
it just becomes the normal
for some people it is normal to be sick
others it is normal to be poor
normal for us to
normal to be depressed
normal to be angry
normal to be afraid
normal to be lonely
normal to have anxiety
It had become normal for AEneas to be paralyzed
In fact, the whole town knew of it
Perhaps he was an important person before he got sick
Maybe people saw him now and regularly felt sorry for him
Jesus Christ Makes you Whole!
Jesus Christ Makes you Whole!
Peter came and declared to him that Jesus makes him whole
Maybe he just needed someone to stir that faith that was in him already
to inspire him to believe that he still could be healed
It’s not too late, its not over! AEneas Jesus makes you whole!
Then Peter joined his faith with AEneas’ faith
“if two or more of you agree as touching anything...”
It doesn’t matter how long you have been dealing with the same circumstance
Jesus Christ makes you whole
“whole” - whatever it is you have need of
Let’s join our faith together here today, for one another
What is your need?
Is there something that you have just gotten used to?
Jesus Christ saves you today
35 So all who dwelt at Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
When others see your faith in action - they believe as well
faith is contagious
those who see the good that God does for you will also trust in the Lord!
While Peter was at Lydda, a disciple in Joppa, named Tabitha became sick
She was full of good works, and charitable deeds
very loved by the Christians there
She became sick and died
The people cleaned her body and laid it in an upper room
Since Lydda was near Joppa and they had heard that Peter was there, they sent for him
asking him to come quickly
When he arrived people were standing-by weeping and shoed him all the coats and things she had made
40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 Then he gave her his hand and lifted her up; and when he had called the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed on the Lord.
Tabitha, Arise. -
First he put out the others
So often, people will hinder our faith - even Christians
They mean well - but they doubt
Sometimes, we have to put the out, or block them out
Negative talking - unbelief
complaining about circumstances - reciting the problem instead of calling on the solution
Complaining dishonors God - believing Him, proclaiming it, gives Him honor
He prayed -
Why did Peter pray if he had the authority to raise her?
We should realize more that we are the answer to many of our prayers
Very often God will anoint you, and empower you, to make the difference you are praying for
When we pray, we should be expecting that authority -
We should be then bold enough to declare it - after prayer
Then Peter proclaimed, in faith - “arise
Sometimes we may need to pray for a long while, sometimes less
as our faith is increased - (Examples)
Then Peter continued in Joppa and stayed with Simon the tanner
Cornelius the Centurion
Cornelius the Centurion
A devout man
one who feared God
gave much alms
prayed to God always
Like so many people, he believed in God, but was not a believer
He did good deeds, but wasn’t “saved”
He prayed to God, but didn’t know Him
He gave to charity, but his sins were not forgiven
3 About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” 4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter.
His prayers and his good deeds were noticed by God
The bible says the eyes of the Lord are going to and fro . . .
They were noticed, but they did not “save” him
If his good deeds were enough, he would have had no need to send for Peter
The next day as these were on their way
Peter had gone up tot he roof to wait for lunch
fell into a trance and had a vision
repeated three times
11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” 14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.” 15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” 16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.
Peter would never have eaten this kind of meat - it was unlawful, sinful
Yet God declared - “What God has cleansed you must not call common”
What God has cleansed is clean
What God has touched is no longer “common”
You are holiness unto God
You are a peculiar people, are royal priesthood, a holy generation
So at this time the people arrived, and Peter went with them
25 As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. 26 But Peter lifted him up, saying, “Stand up; I myself am also a man.” 27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found many who had come together. 28 Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.
Peter would have thought it was a sin even to enter this man’s house
until now, they thought that only the Jews could be saved
Like so many “religion” that get caught in selfish pride -
Even many in these present days
But God had reminded him - what God has cleansed. . .
We are cleansed from all sin, through the blood of Jesus
34 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. 35 But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.
In every nation - (greek word “ethnos”)
God has not partiality - He is the original Equal opportunity
With Him, everyone has an equal opportunity to be saved
an equal opportunity to repent of sin
drunkards, adulterers, liars, thieves, homosexuals, cowards, and whatever other sin has separated us from God, we all have an equal opportunity to be “cleansed” by the blood of the lamb.
Whoever fears Him and works righteousness
No matter what you past, your family, your circumstance, you are accepted with God, if you repent and trust Him
This is a pattern we keep seeing repeated in the book of Acts:
Christians are saved regardless of nationality or status
Christians are faithful regardless of persecution
Christians are expected to repent of sin - No such thing as universalism
Christians are compelled to take of the gospel and preach it - everywhere they go
Christians are empowered by the Holy Spirit to do “works” in His name
This is the pattern we should follow today