Peter continued sharing God’s message on the day of Pentecost (250). “Listen, fellow citizens of Israel! Jesus of Nazareth was a man, but his divine authority was clearly shown to you by all the miracles & wonders which God did through him. And you know this, because it happened right here among you!
“It was always God’s plan that Jesus would be handed over to you, and that you would kill him by letting sinful men execute him on a cross. But God has raised Jesus from death; it wasn’t possible for death to keep him prisoner!
“This is entirely consistent with what King David said long ago: ‘I know that you will not abandon me in the world of the dead; I know that you will not allow your faithful servant to rot in the grave. You have shown me the paths that lead to life. Your presence fills me with joy!'”
Peter continued: “My brothers, King David died & was buried & his grave is here with us to this very day. So David wasn’t talking about himself in this passage. Instead, God had shown David that he would anoint one of his descendants as king of Israel forever. David was actually speaking about the resurrection of Jesus when he said, ‘He was not abandoned in the world of the dead; his body did not rot in the grave.’
“The twelve of us have witnessed that Jesus has indeed been raised from death! We have seen Jesus ascend to God his Father. Now Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit of God among us, just as he promised. This is what you are seeing & hearing today!
“By all this, all people of Israel must know for sure that this Jesus, whom you crucified, is the promised Messiah!” As the people considered all this, they were deeply troubled. They began asking Peter and the other witnesses, “What shall we do, brothers?”
Peter said to them, “Each one of you must repent & turn away from your sins.
“Show that you’re turning your life over to Jesus Christ by being baptized. Your sins will be forgiven and you will receive the gift of God’s Holy Spirit! God has promised this to you & your children and to all of his chosen people living in other places.”
Peter repeatedly urged them to turn to Jesus, saying, “Be saved from the punishment coming for all wicked people!”
LORD, please help us to love the gift of tears of repentance.
(250) Acts 2:22-40