The birth of a Jesus is ever-changing the world. He brought salvation, a wonder in itself, and myriads of ongoing miracles in His name.
According to Acts: The Holy Spirit at Work in Believers, “the healing of the lame beggar is the only healing miracle recorded in the first seven chapters of Acts.” (Wood, George O., (2010) Acts: The Holy Spirit at Work in Believers, 3rd edition, Global University, Springfield, Missouri, pg 89)
Of about thirty-seven miracles mentioned in the New Testament, the healing of the lame man was the first recorded by the Apostles since they were Spirit baptized. Imagine the scenario. They brought the crippled man daily to the Gate Beautiful at the Temple to beg alms (donations). He couldn’t walk, they carried him, and he solicited the people.
It was the ninth hour, or three in the afternoon, the last of the Jews’ hours of prayer. (They prayed at 9:00 am, noon, and 3:00 pm. The Jews taught that Abraham instituted the first; Isaac the second; and Jacob (or Israel) the third.) (Dake, Finis Jennings, (1963) Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible, Acts 3:1 note l, pg. 124 ) Another drop in the ocean of miracles would occur. Peter and John passed. The disabled man asked for money, and received something far more precious. The Apostle Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” ( Acts 3:6) With these last twelve words, transformation flooded his life and deposited miracles: his salvation, his healing, and the miracle of eternal life for thousands. Peter preached after the lame man’s healing, “…. many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.”(Acts 4:4) How many have become believers since? Myriads. It started with the birth of a child, a drop in the ocean of miracles.