For it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the God of all our ancestors—who has brought glory to his servant Jesus by doing this. This is the same Jesus whom you handed over and rejected before Pilate, despite Pilate’s decision to release him. 14 You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact!
“Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God …” I love this part of the story. What a great picture of how we are to live. Taking people with us into a life of worship, joy, praise, and showing them who they are and how they were always meant to live. He would have probably never ever been inside that temple, because of his former condition.
It’s amazing that He created us to live “in Him” because, apart from Him, we will never experience true freedom.
I know there have been seasons of life that I see myself as the beggar outside the temple gate, waiting for someone or something to fill a need. I love that God brought healing to the man, and the crowd that once knew him as the beggar, is now known as the man healed and praising in true freedom. I want my life to always glorify that Jesus brought me and created me to be “inside” of His love and will!