Acts 3:13, 15-16
13  The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.  15  You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.  16  By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

These verses are part of Peter’s sermon to a stunned crowd who had witnessed the healing of a lame man. What is surprising in this episode is that Peter and John heal the lame man and then keep walking to the place of prayer as if the healing was no big deal. But the lame man is dancing and clinging to Peter and John which leaves the gathering crowd amazed that this lame man has been healed.

So Peter and John open a window! Well not technically, but they do open a spiritual window which allows the light of the glorified Jesus to shine brightly into the hearts and minds of the attentive crowd. Peter simply gave the credit for the healing to Jesus and thereby exposed the audience to the brilliance and radiance of Jesus Christ. He gave Jesus the center stage, the spotlight. But he also opened a window that revealed the darkness of the crowd’s hearts and how they were responsible for killing Jesus, the Righteous and Holy One. He explained that Jesus had to suffer (3:18) but God would raise Him from the dead. And by repenting and putting their faith in Jesus Christ they too could be healed of their spiritual sickness by having their sins forgiven which then would allow times of refreshing to come from Jesus (3:19).

This is what followers of Jesus do…they open windows through their deeds and words that bear witness to Jesus’ presence, power, kindness and glory. So what windows might you open today that allow the light of Jesus and the fresh wind of the Spirit to manifest?

Journeying together,
Pastor Cam