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Peter & John — Acts 3:11-26

10 Dec

Acts 3:11-26 NIV
[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.’ [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.’ [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.”

Dear God, this isn’t what I want to talk about, but I noticed something interesting in this. Peters short speech doesn’t include any action items beyond believing in Jesus and repenting. There are no commands to join a group of believers, love others, and/or sell what you have and give to the poor. Maybe these things were included in the speech and Luke omitted them, but it’s still interesting. I wonder what happened in the lives of those that believed that day.

What I really want to talk about is Peter taking full advantage of an opportunity. He had people gathered, a miracle happened, and so he shared with him the Good News.

It makes me wonder how many opportunities I’m missing. Should I be more intentional about the reading materials in the lobby? Should we be providing some sort of counseling at the food trailer when it comes to town? Should we maybe have a worship band there from First Baptist? I know I’m missing so many chances to touch people in need.

Father, make me mindful and direct me. Love through me. Bring others to you through me. Use me.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2018 in Acts, Peter and John

 

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