Staring At The Right Place

April 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

After the healing of the crippled beggar in the presence of Peter and John (Acts 3:1-10), people came running to them in astonishment and anticipation (3:11).  Then Peter asked this vital question:  “Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?” (3:12).  The Greek verb “atenizo” for “staring” plays an important role in this passage.  First, when the crippled beggar approached Peter and John (3:3), Peter “stared” at the beggar (3:4) to call his attention to the name of Jesus (3:7).  Now Peter wants to make sure the crowds don’t get the wrong impression that what they are staring at is actually the source of healing power, because “it is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him” (3:16).  We can be so blind sighted by the illusions of powerful promises coming from people around us.  We are staring at everything the media and politicians are dishing up with anticipation of happiness, health and peace.  And yet, we are staring at the wrong place.  Focusing on Jesus and trusting His name is the only worthwhile staring that can bring true life.

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