Now Peter, the one who had denied Jesus 3 times on the day of his arrest—stood and acted as the first evangelist for the Church. He spoke simply and articulately about the messiah and how David himself spoke of Jesus coming. The result was astonishing—the once fearful fisherman was now full of God’s spirit and ready to tell the world of Christ and his mission. The crowds were also amazed. his message and God’s spirit pierced their hearts. They had but one question—“What Do We Do Now?” The answer was as simple as the question—Commit your life to following Christ!
Two thousand years later the message remains the same. Jesus was, is and will forever be our Messiah—the Savior. His sacrifice restored the means for us to be in relationship with God. Our charge is simply to believe in him. Not historically, believe he existed; but actively believe in his role and follow him all the days of our lives. Making that commitment will transform you as it did Peter. It will give you a full and meaningful life here and eternity with Christ in heaven. It is an amazing gift—one there for the asking, we simply need to ask and follow!
God Bless You
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, 27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand 35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”