Thank You, God, for saving me through Jesus.
Read Acts 3:11–26
Peter Speaks to the Onlookers
11 While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.
17 “Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18 But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. 23 Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’[a]
24 “Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’[b] 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”
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ReflectHave you ever shared the Gospel with anyone?
How quickly Peter moves from the focus on himself (11) to proclaiming Jesus (12, 13) – and then to helping his hearers connect the dots. He is a model for us: taking no credit, quickly testifying that neither his own ‘power or piety’ (12, ESV) had anything to do with what they have seen, and that God alone should be glorified (16).
Peter knew his Jewish hearers were waiting for the Messiah (13, 22–24), who had been prophesied throughout Scripture, and whose identity would be verified through suffering (18). And so he explained how this remarkable miracle of the man’s healing was connected to Jesus (16), and how this inconvenient truth demanded a response (19, 22). No one hearing Peter could have been left in any doubt that his speech required action. In the hustle and bustle, Peter could have tried to calmly slip away – but he clearly viewed this as an opportunity to lead people to salvation (4:4).
What’s the simplest and most effective way you could explain the Gospel to someone? If you were challenged to write it down in three or four compelling sentences and describe how this truth has impacted you, what would you write?
So do it! Write your three to four sentences down and pray now about whom God would have you share this Gospel of hope.
God, I may feel nervous, but I want to share Your Good News with someone this week. Please give me the opportunity.
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