And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. ~Acts 9:34
When I read through the Book of Acts, my heart is greatly stirred in seeing how souls are saved, churches are started, and lives are changed. The dynamic that is the difference maker is simply the power of our Lord Jesus Christ. Peter told Aeneas, “Jesus Christ maketh thee whole.” When Jesus is allowed to work without any reservations or restrictions, everything can be changed. Let us see how the “the whole thing” is different when the power of Jesus is at work.
We see the power of Jesus in a disciple.
“And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.” Peter was one of the original disciples. He had experienced the power of Christ in his personal ministry numerous times. He had seen thousands saved after preaching God’s Word. He had not been in Lydda before, but he was led of the Spirit to pass through every part of this city. He did not pass through this city haphazardly, but with anticipation that God was going to do something great. Peter wanted the Lord to work in such a mighty way that the impact would be felt for a long time. Let the power of Jesus work in your willingness, your walking, your waiting, and your work.
We see the power of Jesus in a disabled.
There was a man named Aeneas there who had a degenerative disease that left him paralyzed. This man was bedridden for eight years. This man was in a physically hopeless condition. When Peter found Aeneas, he knew in faith that God would do something great in his life. He told him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise”! The power of Jesus made this man whole. He was healed of his malady. He was saved from his sins. The whole man was changed! The power of Jesus gave this man Heaven, hope, and his health. Aeneas had to exercise faith in Jesus, but when he did, the power of Christ gave him a new start in life.
We see the power of Jesus in a domain.
“And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.” The power of Jesus led to a large multitude of people in two cities getting saved. The church grew in converts and new disciples. These people, who had never seen anything like this before, placed their faith in Jesus. Just as in this passage, the Lord wants His power to work through cities. God is still in the business of saving entire cities of people.
We see the power of Jesus in a decision.
When we study this passage of Scripture, what we see is how a right decision allowed the power of Jesus to make many people whole. There was Peter’s decision to obey the Lord in going through Lydda. There was the decision of Aeneas to put his faith in Christ’s power for his life. There was the decision of the people in Lydda and Saron to let Christ’s power work for their salvation. There was the decision of the church at Lydda to enlarge its membership with many new believers. The power of Jesus is always ready to work through our decisions.
Have a power-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Chronicles 18-20