EXPERIENCE THE TRUE GOSPEL
On the day of the Pentecost, while the disciples and other believers were gathered together in one place, the Holy Spirit suddenly came upon them accompanied by a supernatural sound. This attracted a large crowd, some of who had travelled to Jerusalem for the feast of the Pentecost and were surprised that the followers of Jesus, full of the Spirit, were speaking in their own native tongue about the mighty works of God!
Peter addressed the crowd in Acts 14-15 to explain this supernatural occurrence.
What the supernatural occurrence means – the coming of the Messiah.
Peter quoted the OT prophesy and its fulfillment that day by the prophet Joel (Acts 2:16-21)
16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. 18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord. 21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
(Hebrews 9:28) So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
After having explained that the Messianic age has finally come, Peter then speaks the most important truth that every person should know – the good news about the Messiah. Peter was saying, “The messianic age is here, the Messiah has come. Let me now tell you who he is.”
Who is the Messiah
Peter identifies him as Jesus the Nazareth. We know he is the Messiah by:
• His life (v.22).
God has attested to Christ being the Messiah through the miracles, wonders, and signs that God performed through Christ. Jesus healed many who were sick, raised the dead to life, drove demons from demon possessed persons, fed thousands out of two fishes and 5 loaves of bread in the wilderness, walked on the water, calmed a fierce storm by rebuking the winds and waves which filled his disciples with fear and amazement saying “What man is this that even the wind and the waves obey him?”
• His death (v.23).
God has predetermined for Jesus to die on the cross so we can be reconciled with God, so we can be saved (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 5:12, Romans 6:23). God planned it, and God ordained it (Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, Luke 24:7, Mathew 16:21, John 3:14).
• His resurrection (v.24-34)
God raised Jesus from the dead (v. 24) and Peter, together with many others, were witnesses to his resurrection (v.32).
David also prophesied about the resurrection of the Messiah in Psalm 16:8-11.
What must we do? (v.36-38)
First, we need to accept the truth about ourselves - that we are all sinners and separated from God. If we do not accept this truth, then we will never appreciate the coming and death of Jesus on the cross. We will not be saved - we will remain in our sins and will face judgement someday.
Second, there is the truth about God. God is holy and cannot tolerate sin.
Third, there is the truth about Jesus.
When we reject God we reject His offer of great salvation. Salvation has always been offered to everyone, everywhere. God gave this promise through Jeremiah, “You will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). Christ came to seek and to save us. What is your response?
TRUTH ABOUT OURSELVES. Read Romans 5:12 and Ephesians 2:1-3. How does the Bible describe man’s natural spiritual condition, that is, our condition when we were born into this world? If you have acknowledged your need for Jesus, repented of your sin, and surrendered your life to Him, describe how God has changed your life?
TRUTH ABOUT GOD. Read Isaiah 59:2, Romans 6:22-23, and 1 Peter 1:14-16. Apart from Jesus, in what condition do we find ourselves in relation to God’s holiness? How does this change when we come to Christ? And how are we to view sin as we live our life in Christ?
TRUTH ABOUT JESUS. Read and meditate on Ephesians 2:4-9 and Romans 5:6-11. God is holy and we are sinners, but because He is also love, He provided a way to redeem us. What happens when we put our faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus? Did Jesus come just to save us from the wages of sin? What does it mean to live our life in Christ now (John 10:10)?
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