Acts 3: 17-21
“Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you–even Jesus. He must remain in heaven until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.
Peter grew up hearing the words of the prophets, and listened to words Jesus spoke as they traveled around Galilee. Even so, at first Peter did not understand who Jesus was and why God sent him. By faith Peter proclaimed Jesus to be the Christ, God’s messiah, but it wasn’t until after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection he grasped the enormity of God’s plan. Through the Holy Spirit he was empowered to speak boldly for the Lord in this portion of his sermon we read.
Can we be bold like Peter? Can we by the urging of the Holy Spirit speak of what we know of God’s plan in Jesus our savior? Will we repent and demonstrate changes in our life that challenges others to turn their lives around too? I want God to enter into every fiber of my being so there is no room for hesitation or turning away. I want the refreshing of the Holy Spirit and I want it for you too.
Use us, dear God. Use us as instruments of your will, to the glory of your name. Keep us looking to heaven until the time when Jesus returns to restore this world to how you planned it from the beginning. For this we pray in his name. Amen.