The Gate Called Beautiful

by Rachel S.
I wonder why they called it Beautiful, that gate? The one that marks the entrance to the temple in Jerusalem in Acts 3? Was it extravagantly adorned and great in size?

On the heels of the crucifixion and resurrection, it’s the site where the lowly, lame-from-birth beggar sought alms but received healing. Where he was truly seen as Peter and John commanded him to “fix your eyes on us!”calling his routinely pressed out hand down and his expectant eyes upward. (I see you see me see you.) They had his attention and, while they didn’t have what he thought he wanted (gold and silver), they did offer him complete healing in the name of Jesus. What started as an impersonal interaction ended with a most personal miracle: him rising up, leaping and praising God! And all the people were amazed.

Peter and John were quick to give credit where credit is due. The name of Jesus and faith in Him are the power and source of the miracle. In classic Peter form, he doesn’t miss the opportunity to remind them what has recently transpired and their culpability:
“But you disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked for a murderer to be granted to you. You put to death the Prince of life, the One whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know, and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all.” Acts 3:14-19

In a nutshell, Peter said, “YOU killed the ONE whose name has the power to restore!” It’s no accident that Peter, Jesus deny-er three times, is the one to boldly proclaim the truth of the situation to the people. Peter had been restored, allowing him to speak the truth despite his previous denials of Christ. The Holy Spirit had been deposited within him. He was not held back by his very real and applicable-in-this-situation past failures.

Why is this gate called Beautiful? Perhaps because through it is how you enter into relationship. It’s the beautiful gate of repentance, the intersection of sin and white out. The very turning away from sin is the blotter that disolves it, and the result is that “times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord:” Acts 3: 14-19

God has been calling me into repentance, dear sisters. I confess that I have doubted and distrusted God. I’ve made approval of man an idol. I’ve feared people more than the Lord. I’ve cried out in my flesh and kept quiet though the spirit of God was nudging me to open my mouth. I’ve been guilty of comparisons, complaceny and a critical spirit. I’ve been prideful, arrogant and a blame shifter. I’ve wrought my hands in worry instead of confiding in my trustworthy, sovereign God.

Is there anyone out there who wants to be refreshed by the presence of the Lord????????
Sit still and ask the Lord to reveal areas of repentance in your life. If there aren’t any brought to mind, repent of pride and ask God to pull off those blinders! Repentance is a lifestyle of obedience, and obedience is love in action. Love in action in the name of Jesus is beautiful, which creates an entrance for Him into the lives of others. The beautiful gate opens the door to connection with the only ONE who can restore. Jesus.

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The  purpose of the blog is to encourage conversation among all women of Grace. As such, posts are generally not edited for content and may not represent the positions of Grace Bible Church.

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2 Responses to “The Gate Called Beautiful”

  1. grobinoren Says:

    Perhaps the gate is called Beautiful because as we enter into a relationship with Jesus we discover the beauty that he already sees in us. And part of that discovery process is the repentance we are called to. It washes away the false images we have and reveals the Christlikeness within us.

  2. Breath-takingly beautiful, and soul-piercing in truth. Thank you. Your words and challenge are a gift to me today.

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