All Down to Jesus
Ever-listening Lord, so often I only give You partial attention. Focus me now as I center down on Jesus.
Read Acts 3:11-26
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“We must acknowledge Jesus Christ as the proper object of our worship, witness and hope, and as deserving the description ‘incomparable.’ For he has neither rivals nor peers” (John Stott).
In the early Church, signs and proclamation were inseparably linked (Heb. 2:4). Peter is again presented with an opportunity to speak as a result of the healing and he wastes no time. The task of the witness (15) is to tell what he or she has seen or experienced, and Peter’s account is firmly focused on Jesus, telling what he knows from his time with Jesus. It is Jesus who has healed the man. Peter talks of him as Christ, the Messiah, and Anointed One (18,20). He has come in fulfillment of prophecy. In him the God of the patriarchs has acted. God’s work is one. There is indeed a new covenant, but it is the realization of all that was promised in the old, but never achieved (25).
In a remarkably short space, Peter gives us a comprehensive picture of Jesus and his achievements on our behalf. It is worth looking through the verses again and listing what he says. In language reminiscent of Isaiah 53, Jesus is described as servant (13, although the Greek word can also be translated “child”) and Holy and Righteous One (14). As servant he carries out the will of the Father. He is seen as the prophet foretold by Moses (22). As Moses spoke for God bringing the law, so Jesus spoke for God bringing grace (John 1:17). He is the promised descendant of Abraham (25). He is the “author of life” (15), the creator, the irony of his death thus being highlighted. As in ch. 2, the emphasis falls on the resurrection (26) but with the added thought that he is reigning and will return to bring everything to a conclusion (21). In the meantime we can experience the refreshment spoken of by Hosea and Isaiah (19).
When you have the chance to speak of Jesus, you could make this summary your own. Think about some potential situations and pray that God will give you an opportunity.
Lord Jesus Christ, You are truly incomparable. You are Suffering Savior, Risen Redeemer, coming King. I worship You and bless Your holy name. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
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