I believe there’s some imagery to see in this amazing chapter!
As you might be aware, the man was not allowed inside the temple because of he was cripple. In fact, he needed someone to bring him to the gate daily in order to ask for alms.
All he could do was behold from a distance. He could not get to God, if I may push the imagery here.
However, there is a way to God! We see Peter and John crossing paths with this man and they carry with them the keys to the gate!
A theme is emerging in Acts in that even though Jesus has ascended to heaven he is ruling the Kingdom. The Apostles offer healing to this crippled man *in the name of Jesus. (They asked Jesus who should replace Judas). Now the disciples are advancing the Kingdom under the reign of King Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit!
The man receives the gift and guess what happens? He ENTERED the temple—the Presence of God! And his entrance was that of praise! Sounds like Psalm 100:4…Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!
I would suggest that his story is our story if we have faith in The Way…The Gate! We too should rejoice, for now his presence is with us always! We have no need to go to the temple. The Spirit dwells in us!
Take note of people in whom you cross paths with today. May we beggars tell other beggars where to find the Bread (of Life).