LIKE THE MASTER
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father.13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me[a] anything in my name, I will do it.
Peter is following in the footsteps of Jesus. Peter is finally fulfilling the prophetic word that Jesus spoke over him and the disciples in the past. The fulfillment of that prophetic declaration didn’t happen until later in Peter’s life and when there is a word that is spoken over you, know that the fulfillment of that word is usually waiting for you to be ready for that next level of living! When a pastor, friend, or leader speaks a word from God to you, it is usually a word that reveals to us the next level of living in the Kingdom of God and in His ways. God wants us to move forward in Him and thus continually grow but for us to thrive in that new level, we must be changed to match that level.
For instance, about two to three years ago, a prophetic team was serving at a summer retreat that we were hosting. The woman was praying for me and told me that she saw me in a position of authority like a general as God was revealing all these plans for me to execute. She was stating that God was going to use me to orchestrate grand plans and that my ability to lead will increase. That was three years ago but I believe that now as of January 24th, 2018, I am starting to step into that prophetic word. Why didn’t it happen right there and then? It was because I wasn’t ready to live in that reality well and that the three years were years of training that was crucially needed so that I can be what God wanted me to be through that word.
All the prophetic words we receive from God and through people serve one ultimate purpose, to be like and be with Jesus. Peter in today’s passage is finally fulfilling the word that Jesus has spoken over him by being like Jesus himself. Today, let us remind ourselves of the words spoken into our lives and let us have the mindset that when we allow the Holy Spirit to live in our lives that we will become what we were meant to be in Him.
NOTES ON THE PASSAGE
32 Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. 33 There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. 34 And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.” And immediately he rose.
“Jesus Christ heals you…”
Jesus healed people without having to call upon any other name but simply healed people. Peter does a similar miracle of healing to this paralyzed man but calls upon the name of Jesus. This is very important because of the following reasons:
The believer’s authority and power comes from the Lord. So we must acknowledge the source and realize that the only way we see an increase in miracles is if we get closer to the miracle maker (Jesus).
If you look at verse thirty-five, it reveals the purpose of the miracle. The source of the power to heal comes from God so that the glory doesn’t end in the middle man but ends in God. The purpose of the healing is for the people to draw closer to God and that everything that we do is for an ever growing relationship with Jesus. Therefore, healing is not really complete until people draw close to God and live for Him.
We must remind ourselves that devotionals, prayer, worship, discipleship programs, compassion outreaches, and all the activities we engage in is for the purpose of glorifying Jesus, knowing him, and making him known!
38 Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, urging him, “Please come to us without delay.”
This is a side note but a very important side note! Dorcas is dead yet the disciples rushed to get Peter to come. They will only do this if they had the faith to believe that death doesn’t get the final say but that God does! This reminds us today that it will not be our circumstances and not even death that will have the final say but that God’s will will always overcome any other will or word! If you are struggling with an addiction, negative mindset, fear, and or anxiety, then read the word of God with the belief that His word will overcome whatever it is that you give power to in your life. Your freedom from these things is as close as your faith in Jesus will allow. What I realize is that we have more faith in our struggles to dominate in our lives than faith in the freedom we have in Christ. May you CHOOSE to believe in the truth today and live out the freedom YOU ALREADY HAVE IN CHRIST!
40 But Peter put them all outside, and knelt down and prayed; and turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. 41 And he gave her his hand and raised her up. Then, calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive. 42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
Peter is like the master (Jesus) but is not the master. He prays unto the Lord for the miracle. Again do you believe that prayer is powerful because it is backed by a powerful God? The quality and frequency of our prayer reflects the view we have of God. If we believe that He is faithful than we will faithfully pray until we see the prayer answered! If we believe that He is powerful than we will pray to Him first and throughout and not make Him a last ditch effort. If we believe that He is good and loving than we will not be fearful to draw near to Him in both good times and in seasons of brokenness.
Verse forty-two shows us again the point of the miracle is that many believed in the Lord and not in Peter! When we look at our churches, are they famous because of a great speaker? Are they famous because the worship is amazing? Are they famous because the programs are well run? OR are they famous because Jesus dwells there mightily and moves in power? If people come to the church gathering because of the worship, program, or speaker then they are not coming there for Jesus and we have thus missed the point of it all. As simple as this statement is but if we get this then we will realize a fundamental point of Christianity, it’s all about Jesus.