Peter's Sermon

Today's Bible reading: Acts 2:14-42


The “name of the Lord” is now Jesus Christ, to whom God has Himself witnessed through His miracles.  Human beings did their worst by killing Him, but God raised Him up.  In Jesus we have the fulfillment of the promise that was never fully realized with David.  David was left in His grave, but Christ has been raised and exulted to God’s right hand to give us God’s own Spirit.  The Lord whose name is to be called on is none other than this Jesus Christ, once crucified, but now alive. Peter’s sermon has power – the Spirit’s power.  It evokes the correct question (v. 37).  There is only one way to be saved: to repent and be baptized and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Those are not three separate stages, but the one event of conversion.  To be baptized means to receive the Spirit.  And that is a free offer of grace open even to those "far off!”  The promise of the covenant made with Abraham is being carried out!  The 3000 converts of this great day are a promise of even greater things to come…and our being here this day is the fulfillment of the Promise of Pentecost that goes on forever. In Jesus’ Name.  amen

Prayer: Oh God, on the day of Pentecost You taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the life of Your Holy Spirit.  Grant that by the same Spirit we may have right judgment in all things and always rejoice in His holy strengthening; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.