When they realized he was the lame beggar they had seen so often at the Beautiful Gate, they were absolutely astounded!
They all rushed out to Solomon's Colonnade, where he was holding tightly to Peter and John. Everyone stood there in awe of the wonderful thing that had happened.
Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. "People of Israel," he said, "what is so astounding about this? And why look at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power and godliness?
For it is the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of 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.
You rejected this holy, righteous one and instead demanded the release of a murderer.
You killed the author of life, but God raised him to life. And we are witnesses of this fact!"
"The name of Jesus has healed this man -- and you know how lame he was before. Faith in Jesus' name has caused this healing before your very eyes."
"Friends, I realize that what you did to Jesus was done in ignorance; and the same can be said of your leaders.
But God was fulfilling what all the prophets had declared about the Messiah beforehand -- that he must suffer all these things.
Now turn from your sins and turn to God, so you can be cleansed of your sins.
Then wonderful times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will send Jesus your Messiah to you again.