Now as Peter went here and there among them all, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda. There he found a man named Aeneas, bedridden for eight years, who was paralyzed. And Peter said to him, 'Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; rise and make your bed.' And immediately he rose. And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord. (Acts 9:32-35 ESV; emphasis mine)That's amazing! The healing of one man led to the repentance of an entire city and then spread to the entire coastal plain of Sharon!
But, what if...
What if Aeneas had refused to get up? Here was this strange man who had walked into Aeneas' room and tells him that some man who had been crucified and was supposedly dead had healed him. That would be tough to believe.
But Aeneas immediately gets up. He had been paralyzed for eight years, but when Peter said Jesus Christ had healed him, Aeneas believed him. There was no doubting then.
The ESV Study Bible footnote for verse 35 says, "...miracles such as this healing led to the advancement of the gospel."
But if Aeneas had refused to get up,
- he would have continued to remain a prisoner of his bed by his own choice.
- the people of his city would not have seen that he was healed.
- his testimony of healing would have been non-existent.
- the people of Lydda and Sharon would probably not have turned to the Lord.
- the advancement of the gospel to the entire world may have been hindered.
So, in what areas of our own lives do we need to be healed?
But once we are healed, let's get up immediately and show those around us that we have been healed by the power of Jesus.