The latest episode in the “Life of Jesus Christ” series of Bible videos has been released by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Titled “Peter and John Heal a Man Crippled Since Birth”, this vignette is based on the story in Acts 3:1-8. It is the first episode in the series which is not based on an actual event in the life of Christ.
President Harold B. Lee, who loved this powerful account of the priesthood in action, once said, “Now in my mind’s eye I can picture this [lame] man and what was in his mind. ‘Doesn’t this man know I have never walked? He commands me to walk.’ But the biblical record doesn’t end there. Peter just didn’t content himself with commanding the man to walk, but he ‘took him by the right hand, and lifted him up . . . ‘
“Will you see that picture now of that noble soul,” invited President Lee, “that chiefest of the apostles, perhaps with his arms around the shoulders of the man, and saying, ‘Now, my good man, have courage. I will take a few steps with you. Let’s walk together . . . ‘ Then the man leaped with joy.
“You cannot lift another soul until you are standing on higher ground than he is,” President Lee concluded. “You must be sure, if you would rescue the man, that you yourself are setting the example of what you would have him be. You cannot light a fire in another soul unless it is burning in your own.”
Jeffrey R. Holland, “The Lengthening Shadow of Peter“