Peter and John
In the early days of the church, the apostles had wonderful powers given to them by God. They were able to make sick people well again, so families would bring their sick relatives to the disciples for healing.
One afternoon at about three o'clock, Peter and John went up to the temple. It was time for the evening service. They got to the gate of the temple called the Beautiful Gate. There they found a beggar sitting. He was lame and had never been able to walk. He had never taken a step!
As Peter and John came by, he asked for a gift to help him. He could not work, so he begged for a living. Peter and John stopped and looked at him. Peter said to him, "Look at us."
The man thought that they were going to give him some money. But Peter said, "I have no silver or gold, but what I have, I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk."
Then he took the man by the right hand, and lifted him up. The man's feet and ankle bones were strong at that very moment. The man jumped up, and he walked with Peter and John into the temple. He praised God for healing him.
All the people there saw him. They were amazed, because they knew this was the man who had been sitting and begging at the temple gate. They knew he could not walk. They crowded around to see.
Then Peter began to tell the people about Jesus.