36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
What would you do if you realized that you were an accomplice to a terrible wrong? That you were somehow responsible for allowing Jesus to be crucified? Peter convinced them that David the king wrote prophetically that God would place his descendant, Jesus, upon the throne, that David would not be abandoned in the place of the dead without hope. For he spoke of the resurrection to eternal life of the Messiah. Peter and the others are witnesses of this event.
The people did not get into a blame game. They did not point fingers at the chief priests or elders. They took personal responsibility and asked, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter told them to repent and be baptized for the forgiveness of sins in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Then they would receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
This is the kernel of the gospel. We have all done things that deny or belittle the rightful authority of God, yet Jesus Christ died for us too. Repent, be baptized for the forgiveness of sins, and serve with joy, for Christ is with you in the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Dear God, such simple truths, yet so powerful. Jesus died for my sins. I am forgiven, because he took them upon himself on the cross. You give me power in the Holy Spirit to serve with newness of heart. With each new day, let me live the best I may, for you. Amen.