What would you want to be said to a crowd of people that gathered to hear your thoughts? What would you say to someone that called you and asked for you to help them with finding purpose in their life? How would you respond to the friend that wants to take you out for coffee and talk about the reason you seem different than her other friends?
I ask you these questions because they are being processed by people all the time whether they verbalize them or not. We are all “leading” and “influencing” people. Does that freak you out or excite you? For most of us, it is probably a little of both. As Children of God, we are living as God’s servants and ambassadors in the world today. The Bible says things such as “God is making His appeal through us” or “we are made in the image of God.” Therefore, our lives are to reflect and bring to light who our God is and what He is like.
This Sunday we are going to look at the primary message Peter delivered to the crowd on Pentecost. God had created interest in the hearts of the people that He had brought together and now Peter was going to tell them what their hearts have always been craving. In Acts 2:14a, 22-41 it is very clear that the message Peter is proclaiming can be summarized in one word – Jesus!
Peter shows the people gathered that Jesus is the long awaited One, He is the Savior and the Messiah. He was the One that the prophets spoke of, He is the One that the Great King David exalted – He is the Christ! Peter tells the crowd that Jesus is the Son of God who was sent by our Heavenly Father to set us free and you killed Him. That is a heavy-duty Law burden that was meant not only for the original hearers, but for us as well. Jesus was killed because of us even if we were not physically present. My sins put Jesus on the cross.
But the story doesn’t end with death; the story ends with the end of death. Jesus rose from the dead conquering sin and death. The message for us is that not only is Jesus all-powerful, but that He is also filled with love and grace. And here is the best of the news – His power, forgiveness, mercy and love has come to you! The message that Peter needed to proclaim in that moment is the message of redemption and acceptance found in Jesus; the One we have been seeking whether we know it or not.
So, back to the original questions. What is your message that defines you? What is the “one thing” that is always worth sharing? What does the image of God in us look like when it is showing through? The answer is always the same – JESUS!
See you Sunday,
Pastor Nick Mundis