IN those days, Peter went here and there among all the believers, and he came down also to the saints living in Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, for he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed!” And immediately he got up. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas (in Aramaic Tabitha and in Greek Dorcas mean gazelle). She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter got up and went with them, and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.
Christ is risen!
"Saints" refers to all Christian believers because anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord, God, and Savior, and who is sanctified by the Holy Spirit in baptism is a saint. With time this term began to be applied only to those people who lived exemplary lives and who were glorified by the Church, but the primary meaning was not lost. The believers are the saints, it is our destiny. We are destined to live Christian exemplary lives, for ourselves and as a witness to the world.
We also see Peter perform two miracles in a similar fashion to the Lord (healing a paralyzed man in John 5:1-15 and raising Jairus' daughter from the dead in Matthew 9:23-25, Mark 5:38–43, Luke 8:51–56). Jesus Christ told His disciples that the one who believes in Him will also do the works that He did and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because He went to the Father. And Jesus will do whatever we ask in His Name (John 14:12-13).
Hence, Peter does not say to the man, "I heal you," or any other such nonsense, but "Jesus Christ heals you." Jesus Christ acts through His disciples (and we are also His disciples), the believers are instruments in God's hands to do good in this world. Even though, miracles performed by Peter seem to be incredible and unbelievable, but God is capable to perform any miracle through any believer.
Be intentional with your faith. It is not the easiest thing, but it is the most rewarding.
Yours in the risen Lord,
Father Aleksey - your friendly Singac priest
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