Jesus’ Representative

Jesus’ Representative

Matthew 3: 2-7
2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. 4 Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” 5 So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.

6 Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” 7 Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.

I looked at this verse in an entirely different way this morning. I’ve always read it as Jesus healing the crippled man’s feet, and He did, but it was much more than that. Peter said, “but what I do have I give you.” What was it that Peter had the disabled man needed more than physical healing? He was giving this man, Jesus.

That name heals every abnormality know to humanity. The power of that name, we have yet to experience the way Jesus intended. Ask anything in My name, and I will give it to you. Asking in Jesus’ name means we are coming to the Father as a representative of Jesus. We then must ask what Jesus would ask of the Father. This concept eliminates any selfish desires.

The next time you use the name of Jesus, remember all of what that name entails.

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