One day Peter and John were going up to the temple. It was three o'clock in the afternoon. It was the time for prayer.
A man unable to walk was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful. He had been that way since he was born. Every day someone put him near the gate. There he would beg from people going into the temple courtyards.
He saw that Peter and John were about to enter. So he asked them for money.
Peter looked straight at him, and so did John. Then Peter said, "Look at us!"
So the man watched them closely. He expected to get something from them.
Peter said, "I don't have any silver or gold. But I'll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk."
Then Peter took him by the right hand and helped him up. At once the man's feet and ankles became strong.
He jumped to his feet and began to walk. He went with Peter and John into the temple courtyards. He walked and jumped and praised God.
All the people saw him walking and praising God.
They recognized him as the same man who used to sit and beg at the temple gate called Beautiful. They were filled with wonder. They were amazed at what had happened to him.
The beggar was holding on to Peter and John. All the people were amazed. They came running to them at Solomon's Porch.
When Peter saw this, he said, "Men of Israel, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us? We haven't made this man walk by our own power or godliness.
The God of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, has done this. He has brought glory to Jesus, who serves him. But you handed Jesus over to be killed. Pilate had decided to let him go. But you spoke against Jesus when he was in Pilate's court.
You spoke against the Holy and Blameless One. You asked for a murderer to be set free instead.