In this passage we see two powerful stories. The thing that struck me the most were Peter’s words to Aeneas and Dorcas (Tabitha).
To Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, and who had probably lost all hope of ever getting up again, Peter said,
Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and take care of your mat. (34)
Instantly, the man was healed, and got up.
To Dorcas, who had died, he said,
Tabitha, get up. (40)
Her eyes opened, her life fully restored.
Simple words. But they are words people need to hear even today.
Jesus Christ heals you. Certainly there is physical healing that can happen even today. But so many people are in need of healing in so many other ways as well. Hurts from their past. Hurts from their present. Emotional hurts. Spiritual hurts. And people around us need to hear us say, “Jesus Christ heals you.” Because the same Jesus that healed Aeneas on that day, can heal people now.
Get up. Rise from the dead. People today look at their lives and they see dead hopes. Dead marriages. A dead future. And they need to hear from us that Jesus can restore what is dead. That there is hope for their marriages, hope for their futures, hope for their lives. We need to tell them, “Get up. God can give you life again if you’ll just turn to him.”
These are the messages people need to hear. Let’s take them out to a world in desperate need of Him.