1Peter and John were on their way up to the Temple at the time of the afternoon prayer, around 3 p.m. 2A man who had been lame from birth was being carried there. Every day he was placed beside the Temple gate called “Beautiful” so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. 3He saw Peter and John as they were about to enter the Temple and asked them for some money. 4Peter looked right at him. John did, too.
“Look at us!” Peter said. 5The lame man gave them his full attention, expecting to get something from them. 6“I don’t have any silver or gold,” Peter told him, “but I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk!”
7Peter took him by the right hand and helped him up. Right away his feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet, and then began to walk. He went with them into the Temple, walking and jumping and praising God. 9Everyone there saw him walking around and praising God. 10They recognized him as the beggar who used to sit by the Temple’s Beautiful Gate, and they were surprised and amazed at what had happened to him. 11He held on tightly to Peter and John while everyone ran to them by Solomon’s Porch#3:11. A section of the Temple, see also 5:12. in complete astonishment at what had happened.
12When Peter saw this opportunity he told them, “People of Israel, why are you surprised at what’s happened to this man? Why are you staring at us as if it was by our own power or faith that we made him walk? 13The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of our forefathers—has glorified his servant Jesus. He was the one you betrayed and rejected in the presence of Pilate, even after Pilate had decided to release him. 14You rejected the One who is Holy and Right, and demanded a murderer be released to you. 15You killed the Author of life, the one God raised from the dead—and we are witnesses to this. 16By trusting in Jesus’ name this man was healed by him. You see this man here; you know him. Through trusting in Jesus this man has received complete healing right in front of all of you.
17“Now I know, brothers and sisters, that you did this in ignorance, like your rulers. 18But God fulfilled what he had prophesied through all the prophets: that his Messiah would suffer. 19Now repent, and change your ways, that your sins can be wiped away, so the Lord can send opportunities for you to heal and recover, 20and send Jesus, the Messiah appointed for you. 21For he must stay in heaven until the time when everything is restored, as God announced through his holy prophets long ago.
22“Moses said, ‘The Lord God will send you a prophet from among your own people who is like me. You must listen to everything he tells you. 23Anybody who doesn’t listen to him will be totally removed from the people.’ 24All the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel on, prophesied about these days. 25You are the sons of the prophets, and of the agreement#3:25. Or “covenant.” which God made with your fathers when he said to Abraham, “From your descendants all the families of the earth will be blessed. 26God prepared his Servant and sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your evil ways.”