Gate Community Summer - Day 39
We have been looking at Acts 5:12-16. We talked about the evidence of power that the Spirit displayed and that the evidence of power was so great, no one dared join pretending. Today we conclude by looking at those willing to commit their whole lives to the cause of Jesus and respond in faith. We see this in verse 14-16.
Committed to Jesus & Responding in Faith
14 Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. 15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. 16 Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.
While verse 13 described those unwilling to join the apostles because they feared the same results as Ananias and Sapphira, verse 14 reminds us that it is the Lord God that draws people to him and that he is committed to growing His church. The presence of God will always cause some to run and other to be drawn in. That is the tension of where we are at in being obedient and following or be unwilling to commit and thus unwilling to be a follower of Jesus.
One of the results of this tension being on public display at Solomon’s Colonnade is that it drew crowds of people who came looking for healing. The movement that was going on from the apostles ongoing gatherings, preaching, and displays of power through signs and wonders was it was creating momentum of people looking to experience and learn about this power through healing. Healing is one of the themes that we find through the book of Acts, but it also a theme that is through all of Scripture including the life of Jesus.
What is our experience with divine healing from God?
Over the next few days we take a look at this topic.