Sunday 25th April - Fourth Sunday of Easter
The life of the early church saw the disciples following in Jesus' footsteps, continuing his ministry of healing, reconciliation and preaching forgiveness of sins. How does the healing of a lame man threaten the religious institution? Healed by the name of Jesus, it points towards the promised time where God will restore all things to his glory - instituting a new order of things brought together under the risen Christ.
This was a revolutionary message, seeking to disrupt the established order of things, and bringing a difficult choice to those with vested interests in the way things have always been.