Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Acts 2:22-24 “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say; Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know – this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law.  But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.”

Have you ever been called on the carpet?  Haven’t we all, at one time or another, been rebuked or scolded for something we have done?
Peter lays it all out in this sermon to the Israelites that are in Jerusalem.  He tells it like it is and lets the Spirit do the work on the hearts of those who will hear.  His sermon comes on the tails of the disciples receiving the gift of tongues from the Spirit.  The people heard them and were perplexed and amazed.
Peter’s sermon, according to the scripture, caused a lot of people to become believers.  I took time this morning to meditate on these words.  I am just as guilty as the Israelites for the death of Jesus.  I am also one who has heard and believed.  Let us rejoice in the living Christ, our Redeemer!

Your grace is truly amazing.  Thank you for your forgiveness and mercy.  Thank you for rebukes and redirecting us.  Help us share this story with those around us so all will come to believe and all will rejoice in your light forever and ever.  Amen.