Day 2: The Healing Challenge

The Beautiful Gate & the power in the name of Jesus

Our Bible reading for today is the book of Acts Chapter 3 :1 – 26. Please read this before reading the devotional for the day. 

After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, Peter and John performed their first miracle of healing.

On their way to the temple a man crippled from birth who was at the gate of the temple called Beautiful Gate, cried out to them for gifts, possibly money. Peter then said look at us. The man looked in expectation and Peter said “Silver and gold I do not have; but what I do have, that i give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth walk!”

The man who was crippled from birth walked that day. Wow.

There is power in the name of Jesus. Acts 2: 21 says “And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Why is the name of Jesus powerful?

First of all let us look at “The Beautiful Gate”

The beautiful gate

While I was praying for my family earlier this year especially my gifted son I saw a vision of a gate. It was pretty, black and had gold trimmings on it. Immediately I heard beautiful gate in my spirit.

I searched on it and read Acts 3.

The beautiful gate is also known as the “GOLDEN GATE” or the “GATE OF MERCY” and “SET TIME”. It is the gate where in Jewish culture the high priest takes the red heifer to slaughter and releases the goat to the wilderness in Yom Kippur. 

Basically during Passover, the children of Israel are to bring a red heifer that is considered spotless without blemish or never been yoked, to the High priests to slaughter. On Yom Kippur (the day of atonement), the high priest will sacrifice a red heifer and then release a goat to run wild in the wilderness. The red heifer is essentially sacrificed for the forgiveness of sins and to cleanse the Israelites of sin while the goat “scape goat” is released into the wilderness taken with it all sins and impurities. 

To connect this with Jesus sacrifice. Let us look at Matthew 27 verses 15 -26 

15 Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner to the crowd—anyone they wanted. 16 This year there was a notorious prisoner, a man named Barabbas.[d] 17 As the crowds gathered before Pilate’s house that morning, he asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you—Barabbas, or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” 18 (He knew very well that the religious leaders had arrested Jesus out of envy.)

19 Just then, as Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Leave that innocent man alone. I suffered through a terrible nightmare about him last night.”

20 Meanwhile, the leading priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas to be released and for Jesus to be put to death. 21 So the governor asked again, “Which of these two do you want me to release to you?”

The crowd shouted back, “Barabbas!”

22 Pilate responded, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?”

They shouted back, “Crucify him!”

23 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?”

But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”

24 Pilate saw that he wasn’t getting anywhere and that a riot was developing. So he sent for a bowl of water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. The responsibility is yours!”

25 And all the people yelled back, “We will take responsibility for his death—we and our children!”[e]

26 So Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.

Jesus was representing the red heifer, a man without blemish who was sacrificed while the scape goat “Barrabas was set free.”.

Jesus paid the price for our sins. Sickness and disease came upon the earth after the sin of Adam and Eve. Sometimes sickness comes because of sin. 

Jesus has paid the price for all our sins. The Bible in Isaiah 53: 5 (NLT)says “But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” 

The Bible in Psalm 103 verses 1-3 says “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: 3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; “

The beautiful gate is also called Shushan. Shushan is also the territory that Esther became Queen over. 

Jesus is the beautiful gate. 

I believe that just as the crippled man received his deliverance and healing, it is time for us all to also receive our healing and deliverance.

Queen Esther went to the King and He favoured her. 

“Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.” – Psalm 102:13

It is our set time for favour. 

Interestingly the Bible verse talks about having mercy on Zion which is also another name for the beautiful gate, mercy. The other name for “ Beautiful Gate” is called Mercy. 

We receive the mercy of God today.

According to Phillipians 2: 9, the Bible says “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name”.

There is power in the name of Jesus. 

In John 14:13 -14 Jesus said “ 13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you [c]ask anything in My name, I will do it.

In John 16: 23 -24 Jesus said “ And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”

Peter and John were filled with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost and with the power of the Holy Spirit in them they declared healing and deliverance over the crippled man in the name of Jesus. 

Acts 3 : Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”

One thing we must also pay attention to is the fact that the Bible in Acts 3: 5 says “So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.”

We must be expectant to receive healing from God.

TASKS

  1. Declare your healing in the name of Jesus.
  2. Worship song recommendation: Break every chain by Tasha Cobbs and What a Beautiful name w/ Break Every chain by Hill Song Worship Live and Worship Mobs What a beautiful name/Mircacles/Fill me up. Please see the three links below           https://youtu.be/ucY6NwQTI3M      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEwDx8YJndU
    https://youtu.be/YPyfTjgB_0k
  3. Read this prophetic word by Lana Vawser https://lanavawser.com/2021/08/13/the-power-of-the-name-of-jesus-is-going-to-be-seen-in-greater-ways-than-we-have-ever-seen-before/
  4. Join the Halleluyah Challenge by Pastor Nathaniel Bassey at 11.59pm tonight on Instagram or on YouTube. His instagram handle is @nathanielblow

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