A few encouraging truths from this account...
1) Notice how long-suffering God is with people.
These very same leaders were the ones responsible for Jesus’ death and they rejected John the Baptist. And yet God was giving them another chance to get it right. We also need patience when we share with the world. We should expect pushback and even some persecution.
2) A true witness to people involves the gospel (good news) and the bad news of sin and guilt.
As we said last week, there can be no true faith in Christ without acknowledging and repenting from sin. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit that convicts people, not us. We share what we know and let God do the rest. Don’t be discouraged if people don’t listen. Our job is to tell them, it’s God’s job to convince them.
3) If we want to reach a bunch of people, we need to meet the needs of the one.
Peter and John ministered to one man and that gave them the ability to preach to many. Had they not did that one thing, they wouldn’t have the opportunity or right to preach. We can’t be so consumed by our desire to reach the world that we forget the one. This account of the beggar tells us that they healed one man and many listened. It does not tell us that they healed everyone at the temple.