Apostles ‘John’ & ‘Peter’ one fine day
were in the Temple striving hard to pray.
As they had neared the Temple some lame man
(quite lame since birth, in fact) bespoke love’s plan.
He daily stood outside the Temple gate
as if to test some aspects of his fate.
He begged from passersby; & when he saw
those two apostles, hunger crammed his craw.
Yes, he requested coins & then soon took
an answer quite in keeping with his look.
Both John & Peter gazed at him intently
& answered somewhat loudly, somewhat gently.
“We don’t have silver (nor fine gold) for you,”
said Peter with some sorts of derring-do;
“however, we’ll now give you something fine
in Jesus’ name: Stand, walk, & brightly shine!”
Then Peter took the lame man by the hand
& helped him up; & then, as if quite planned
by special powers, that person gained great strength
& soon could walk with strides of wondrous length.
He nimbly both praised God & with those others
moved Templeward while treating them as brothers.
As sundry folk observed his new behavior
they saw in him sweet shadows of a Savior.
They still could see him as that same lame fellow
whose actions often hadn’t seemed quite mellow;
yet, now they were amazed by how his grasps
toward John & Peter wakened them toward gasps.
Soon Peter saw an opportunity
to speak to one & all quite sensibly.
“O Israelites!” he feelingly intoned,
“Why tremble at results so nicely honed?
Why seem to guess we made that lame man walk
without large help from God, whose ways don’t balk?
The God of Abraham & (yes) of others
permitted us to seem to have our druthers.
The hand of Jesus always has its place
for heaping glory on the human race,
& Jesus is that very entity
whom Pilate gave protracted misery.
Him you rejected, though his ways were clean,
& you espoused a killer too obscene;
you slew the author of all worthy life;
yet, God soon lifted Him from death & strife.
Now we are witnesses to all those facts,
& we stay quite adoring of fine acts.
Through faith in Jesus’ name this man was healed,
though crippled once with blood as if congealed;
his faith brought health as witnessed by your eyes –
yes, though your leaders strangely touted lies
& ignorantly moved from prophecies
that mentioned Christ’s precise indignities.
You now must quite repent of all your sins
& turn toward God as if you’d be His twins;
then moments of refreshment should arrive
as from the Lord you gain much strength to strive;
yes, Jesus (your Messiah) will be here
to help worlds keep much sanctity quite near.
Remaining now with God in highest places,
He’s waiting to be filled with final graces
as long ago His holy prophets showed
when Moses thus exclaimed, like some prime goad:
‘The Lord your God will bring toward you a life --
some soul like me whose phrases trounce most strife;
to everything he tells you lend full heed,
since any failure could prove grim indeed.
(You run the risk of being pulled away
from God’s great kindnesses on Judgment Day.)’
“Both Samuel & later prophets spoke
of how things now must be among all folk;
you are descendants of those very men
great God included time & time again;
yes, you’re included in that covenant
your ancestors soon turned magnificent!
God said to Abraham, ‘Through your descendants
all earthly families shall find opulence.’
“When Jesus reaped His total resurrection,
God gave Him first an Israel connection,
to bless each one of you by turning you
away from sin & toward ways sweetly new.”