11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”
POINTS OF INTEREST
- Picking up from yesterday, today’s passage sees Peter and John suddenly getting the opportunity to talk. It goes hand in hand – the miracle and then the preaching. The healing shakes people from their preconceptions, but the preaching shows them the truth.
- v.13 Peter speaks so boldly – he doesn’t try and cut corners in the message. He starts his message by telling the Jews that they are guilty for the death of Jesus.
- v.17 But Peter’s message is not about condemnation, but of God’s amazing grace, forgiveness and love.
- v.19 Repent – not because you’ve failed – but because Jesus saves. Turn back to Jesus and receive His times of refreshment.
submitted by Bert Han
PRAYING IN FAITH
Do you need to repent? Pray and ask God to forgive you and take joy in belonging to Jesus.
For Your Five
Pray that your five will have receptive ears and hearts to God’s truth. That instead of rejecting Jesus’ message, they receive it with joy.
For Our Church
Peter and John had the boldness to proclaim God’s truth, even to what might have been a hostile audience. Pray that our church is bold enough to proclaim God’s truth in every situation – and declare His love and grace too.