Killing the Author of Life
The physical-healing miracle made the people feel good, but the the sermon at the end did the exact opposite when Peter preached against their sin, that they are guilty of denying and murdering the Holy One.
The greater miracle in this message is that of guilty people getting saved and their sins being blotted out.
1. AN IMPORTANT CORRECTION - "why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?"
The ungodly find their way of glorifying men instead of God. The godly do otherwise. A lesson to us that the greatest in God's kingdom are those who point people to God rather than to themselves (e.g. John the Baptist). It wasn't through their own power or goodworks that the lame man had been healed but through Christ alone.
Faith is also mentioned here. Whose faith was it? Pastor Ian believed it was of John and Peter. So were they overly modest in saying that their piety did not contribute anything to the healing? They weren't because Jesus was both the object and source of their faith ("faith in Jesus", "faith through Jesus") so it really was through Christ alone that the man was healed.
2. A NECESSARY DIGRESSION- "but ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted to you."
Three things that Peter emphasized regarding their guilt:
- The God whom they claimed to be on their side glorified Christ but they shamed Him!
- The way they acted was in contrast to that of Pilate (a Gentile).
- They killed, not a murderer, but One who shouldn't even have been killed! They killed the very Author of Life.
Are their guilt and the punishment they deserved any different from ours?
Is there any reason why God should not send us to hell?
"There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12.