Spiritual Practice

God of Miracles

Michele Cushatt

Mere weeks after the greatest failure of his life, a transformed Simon Peter assumes the stage in the middle of a bewildered Jerusalem crowd. Moments before, a man crippled from birth had leapt to his feet at a mere word from Peter: “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (Acts 3:6, NIV). A few simple words, and a beggar turns dancer. No wonder the crowd responds with amazement bordering on reverence toward Peter.

Cross with Sun2 Ftr TS100548287Peter wastes no time in setting the record straight. He knows the healing had nothing to do with human words or abilities and everything to do with a crucified and resurrected Savior. Peter too had been crippled—with fear, pride, and ignorance, three flaws that led to three denials when Jesus needed him most.

But God is a God of miracles, for beggars crippled from birth and for prideful disciples. Peter’s Savior, raised from the grave, offered Peter forgiveness, restoration, and a second chance either to deny or proclaim the good news. In that moment, Peter’s prior failure becomes a platform for triumph as he testifies boldly to the truth of the one true healer—Jesus Christ.

From the reading for April 16 by Michele Cushatt, page 119 in The Upper Room Disciplines 2012: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright  2011 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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