While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see. (Acts 3:11–16, NIV)
The man who was killed, but rose again provides the power that heals a lame man!
Do you think you would have been astonished to see a man you knew had been lame now walking? How willing do you think you would have been to believe the cause of his healing? Why?
Peter is not winning any friends by his condemnation of the people who killed Jesus. Why do you think he had the power or courage to speak against them in this way?
How much credibility did the man–now walking–have in supporting Peter’s claims?