The disciple who denied Jesus during his trial but later became a leader in proclaiming Jesus More goes to Lydda where he heals Aeneas, a paralyzed man, and raises Christian woman who lived at Joppa. More from the dead.
This passage marks the first time in Luke-Acts that anyone other than Jesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity More raises another human being from death. The passage establishes even more profoundly that God’s power to save is granted to Jesus’ followers by Jesus through the Spirit. It also establishes Peter as the most trustworthy leader in the community. In scenes to come, it will be Peter who makes the move to include Gentiles, not only among the baptized, but also in the community that eats and prays together. Establishing Peter as trustworthy and Spirit-filled is the necessary precursor to the passages that follow this one.