What Think Ye of Christ?
A Sermon on Acts 3:12-18
And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, 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 God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
“And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. (ESV)
Why did Jesus die on the cross? Who is He? The answer to these questions are of utmost importance. Here in Acts 3:12-18 Dr. Lloyd-Jones looks at the two ways people view Christ. One can view Him as man views Him, believing that Christ was only a man; only a moral teacher. Or, one can view Him as God views Him: As God's lamb, the Son of God, fully God and fully man, the fulfillment of the words of the prophets, the resurrected Lord. Dr. Lloyd-Jones points out the importance of understanding Christ in the context of the whole Bible. Christ is the fulfillment of the words of the prophets. Dr. Lloyd-Jones also stresses the importance of the resurrection of Christ. The cross was not the end of Christ. He came back to life and appeared to many. And after His ascension He left His people with the power of the Holy Spirit. Power that enabled Peter and John to heal the man at Beautiful Gate. Power that is meant to point back to the one who gave the power, the one who truly heals and works miracles; God. That is Peter and Dr. Lloyd-Jones point here in this passage: Look to the resurrected Christ in whose name there is power and salvation.