It must have been a startling sight for the people of Jerusalem to see a man who had been lame from birth and who lay at the gate of the temple, begging, rise and walk perfectly at the behest of Peter. Later, as he addressed the astounded witnesses, Peter explained the incident as an evidence of the power of Christ, taught by Jesus, whom they had crucified. Peter upbraided them for their action toward Jesus and then said (Acts 3:16), "His name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all."

Here was an early proof of the power of Christ, Truth, to restore a sound body in place of a deformed one upon the spiritually inspired command of one of Jesus' followers. Surely this was evidence enough that Jesus did not intend that his practical ministry of healing should cease upon his departure from the earth. On the contrary this healing was in fulfillment of his teaching that all who believed on Christ might do the works which he accomplished.

August 17, 1957

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