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Dr. Walter D. Huyck Jr. D.Min.

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Crippled[1]

Acts 3.1-11

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[We have examined the Foundations for the Church in Acts Chapter One and the giving of the Holy Spirit in Acts Chapter Two and now we will see the goal of the Holy Spirit’s work upon all who will hear and heed the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  In Acts Chapter Three we find the healing of a crippled man and in the healing of this crippled man we discover a picture of what our Lord Jesus Christ will do in each and every person who will receive Him as their Personal Lord and Savior.] 

Notice in our text, 

A.    The Condition (vs 2) [– And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple;]  

1.           The Location Of His Problem (vs 2; Deut 5.33; ) [– His problem was in his legs, so that he could not walk.   This man had to be carried wherever he went.] 

[This is how it is for mankind and their moral condition before they are redeemed.  We live in a world of cripples when it comes to character.  They cannot walk in the ways of God for they are spiritual cripples.  God commanded,] 

[Deuteronomy 5:33 33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, . . .]

[But the Apostle Paul noted,]

[Romans 5:6 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.]

[Just as this cripple had no strength in his legs so lost men and women are without strength  morally without Christ.  The lost are spiritual cripples.]

2.           The Duration Of His Problem (vs 2; Rom 5.12; Gen 8.21) [– . . . lame from his mother's womb . . . -  This man was born a cripple, just as human beings are born morally cripple or are born sinners.  Acts 4.22 tells us this man was above 40 years old, so he had been cripple a long time.] 

[Likewise, sin has been with us for a long time, since the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve.  The Bible states,] 

[Romans 5:12 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:]

[Through our genetic line we have received Adam’s sinful blood so that we were born sinners and born spiritually cripple.] 

[Secular anthropologist and psychologists would try to convince us that young children are inherently good.  But our creator God tells us instead that we are inherently sinful and spiritually crippled and need a new birth to remedy our handicap.  The Bible reminds us,] 

[Genesis 8:21 21 . . . for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; . . .]

[We, like this cripple, are crippled from birth and need something far greater than ourselves to correct our spiritually lame condition.  Secondly we should note that all we had ever known in our lost condition was a crippled condition.  In that condition we might not realize, lest we saw those around us who are not cripple, that we are cripple at all.] 

3.           The Limitations From His Problem (vs 2) [– And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, . . . – This man needed to be carried, he could not go anywhere on his own.] 

[Likewise, Sin always limits the sinner.  It limits,] 

         [His happiness (broken homes)]

         [His health (as in diseases)]

         [His productiveness (as in drugs and alcohol)] 

[So it is with sin in our day and throughout history.  The sin that lost people think gives them liberty and individuality in reality cripples them and limits their liberties.  Sin is always accompanied by limitations.] 

B.     The Cure (vs 6) [– Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  – Someone has said,]  

[Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.] 

[Peter and John could not give this man any carnal wealth, but they could give him a cure for his cripple condition  which released him from his worldly prison.] 

1.         The Source Of The Cure (vs 6; Rom 12.1-2) [– Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.  – The Lord Jesus Christ was this man’s cure.  Leave out Christ and there is no cure.  Peter and John did not have the power to cure this man.  The Religious practices of the temple did not have the power to cure this man.  Even the carnal gifts of money could not cure this man, they might tend to his momentary need, but they could not cure him.  Only the Lord Jesus Christ has the power to completely change and transform this man’s life.] 

[The Church of our Lord and the people of our Lord must be reminded that this world’s goods are rarely the remedy that a person in desperate need really requires.  The wealth and prosperity of this world had already let this man down as it has those who come to us in mortal, physical need.  Peter and John gave them what only the Church of our Lord could give him, they gave Him Jesus.  In giving this man the Lord Jesus Christ they completely changed his life.] 

[We are reminded,] 

[Romans 12:1-2 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.]

[The transformation that Christ brings into our life is a metamorphosis, just as this man’s cure completely transformed his life, so Christ at oru salvation completely transforms our life.] 

2.           The Speed of the Cure (vs 7; 2 Cor 5.17) [–  And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. – There was no process in this man’s cure.  There was no need for rehabilitation.  There was no chemo therapy or radiation treatment.  There was no recovery time.  Instantaneously this man received strength in his feet and bones.] 

[Likewise, the New Birth found through our Lord Jesus Christ is immediate.  When once one receives the Lord Jesus Christ, then instantaneously,]  

[2 Corinthians 5:17 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.]

3.           The Sufficiency Of The Cure (vs 8; Psalm 144.15) [– And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. – This man was wholly cured.  Imagine the shout of joy as this man who had never crawled, never walked, never ran, and never leaped before stood up, walked into the temple, and then began leaping and shouting with great joy and loud praise.  This cure did not partially cure this man; it did not cure but one leg leaving the other crippled.  It wholly cured this man’s condition so that he experienced something that he had never experienced before.] 

[Oh, my dear Christian friend, do you remember that day when our Lord Jesus Christ first became yours and you, for the first time in your life, became spiritually whole?  Do you remember the peace that God’s forgiveness gave you, a peace unlike anything you had ever known before?  Do you remember the comfort of heart and soul you had, because you knew for certain that you belonged to God and your Heavenly Father belonged to you?  Do you remember the great joy that filled your heart and mind and the great transformation that God brought into your life?  So it is when a hopeless cripple is made whole and so it was for this cripple leaping his way into the temple.]  

[Let us shout with the psalmist,] 

[Psalm 144:15 15 Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD.]

C.    The Confirmation [- John Butler wrote,]

[“The evidence of the healing was obvious, for he was "walking, and leaping" (v. 8). Peter and John did not need to go around and try to convince people that the man was healed, for it was most evident to anyone who knew the man that he had been healed. The evidence was not questionable or hard to find. It was right before their eyes and undeniable.”]

[“A true salvation experience will also show plainly. When someone claims to be saved—or when some preacher claims to have had many conversions in a service—the evidence will be most apparent, if it is real. Lack of obvious evidence gives justified reason to suspect that there has not been any true salvation experience.”]

[“We would especially note here that the confirmation of the man's healing was not found in something odd, strange, or curious; but it was found in the common round of life—in both his walk and his talk. Salvation will be confirmed in the same manner. It is not by some bizarre act or deed that we best convince men we are saved, but it is simply by our walk and talk that we give the best evidence of our redemption.”[2]] 

The man’s healing was confirmed in,  

1.           His Walk (vs 8-11; Eph 2.8-10) [– And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God: 10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. 11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering.   – When people saw this crippled man they greatly wondered.  They recognized him, but what a change had been wrought in this man’s life.  As the Old Hymn sings,] 

[Since Jesus Came Into My Life]

[What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
Since Jesus came into my heart!
I have light in my soul for which long I had sought,
Since Jesus came into my heart!]

 [I have ceased from my wandering and going astray,
Since Jesus came into my heart!
And my sins, which were many, are all washed away,
Since Jesus came into my heart!]

[Since Jesus came into my heart,
Since Jesus came into my heart,
Floods of joy o’er my soul
Like the sea billows roll,
Since Jesus came into my heart.]

[The Bible refers to our New Birth as,] 

         [A Transformation (Rom 12.1-2)]

         [A Conversion (Acts 3.19)]

         [A Renewal (Rom 12.1-2; Eph 4.23)] 

[This man’s walk confirmed that he had been fully cured, and my Christian friend your walk of righteousness and godliness ought to confirm your cure through Christ.  As the Bible says.] 

[Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.]

2.           His Talk (vs 8-9, 10-11) [– And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God:  – Perhaps this man did not know all of the doctrines of the Bible, after all he was cured and made whole just moments ago, but he could loudly and joyfully praise God.  Which he did without hesitation.  He was not praising God covertly, he was not worried about being politically correct, and he was not worried about what those in the temple might think.  This man was Praising God.  He was not praising Peter and John.  He was not praising the temple or the priesthood.  This man was found praising God.] 

[As this man was walking and praising God Notice what happened,] 

[Acts 3:10-11 10 And they knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him. 11 And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch that is called Solomon's, greatly wondering].

[The people in the temple gathered together with great wonder.  They wanted to know what made this incredible change in this crippled man’s life.  When God is at work, people want to know what is going on.] 

[So, we notice in this crippled man’s healing a picture of what God’s does when He saves those who are helpless from birth and the undeniable impact the work of God will have in our life and in the lives of those around us.  As this crippled man drew the attention of many of those who were in the temple that day this curiosity work toward the healing of every spiritually crippled soul gathered together in that crowd for Peter was about to speak and share the gospel with all that would hear him that day.] 

 



[1] Resourced in part from John Butler

[2] John G. Butler, Bible Biography Series – Peter: The Illustrious Disciple, (Clinton, IA: LBC Publications, 1993), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, 243-260.

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