Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. Acts 4:10
He had never walked. Something was wrong with his legs and feet. He was born that way. He sat by the gate begging for whatever people would give, dependent on their generosity, vulnerable to their cruelties. But one day everything changed. One man looked at him with compassion and gave him something he never expected. Instead of silver or gold, the man filled him with the power of Jesus. Suddenly, his legs and feet began to change. Strength surged where weakness had been. That which could never be was becoming.
And the lame man stood on his feet and walked. In fact, he ran around in excitement, leaping into the air. He would never be the same again.
Most of the people watching were amazed. They marveled at the miracle. But some were angry. By what right and what power was this man healed, they asked. By the authority and the power of Jesus, Peter answered. This man is whole because Jesus has made him whole.
In Christ, I am whole. Nothing is as it was. Day by day I learn more of what it is to walk and live in Him. The old pictures in my mind, those images of myself that limited me and pushed me back to the ground, are fading and I am seeing the truth. From the core of my heart, I have been healed. Nothing is the same. Jesus has made the difference. Jesus has made me whole.
Am I thankful? Hey, I’m “walking and leaping and praising God!”