The Kingdom Day (Part Two)

Peter’s sermon was the centerpiece of one of the most significant days in history.
Peter stood to speak and the gospel was delivered to mankind. His sermon contains three aspects. First, a denial of the drunken condition of the Apostles (2:14-15). Second, a declaration that what was being accomplished was the fulfillment of prophecy (2:16-21). Third, that Jesus was indeed the Messiah and Savior of the world (2:22-36).
The backbone of the sermon contains several indisputable points. First, that Jesus had performed miracles that were beyond human potential. Second, that Jesus had been crucified. Third, that prophecy pointed toward the coming of the Messiah. Fourth, that Jesus died, was buried and his grave was empty. Fifth, the Jews had been the ones who delivered Jesus to be crucified (Matthew 27:25).
Ultimately, God sent Jesus to be crucified (2:23; Romans 8:32). But that in no way lessens the guilt of the bloodthirsty mob (Matthew 27:25). In Isaiah 53:6-8, God said, “The Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” and “For the transgressions of My people he was stricken” (NKJV). He provides a Savior for all flesh that would come to him (John 3:16).
The sins of all mankind put Jesus on the cross. All are guilty of the blood of Jesus. Therefore this sermon is presented to all mankind. The blood on the hands of the mob is shared by all those who have sinned. Romans 5:6 says, “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” As the song says,”What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus.”
In 2:36, Peter is explicit in establishing that the Jews murdered the innocent Son of God. In 2:37, they were “cut to the heart.” As Alan Highers said, “they were stricken to the depths of their souls.” /1 They felt the pain of their sin down to their deepest recesses.
They said, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (2:37). They believed now that Jesus was the Messiah and they were guilty of his blood (Acts 5:28). Their pain was so intense that they had to have it removed like hot coals spilling from their scorched hands.
Everyone needs to realize their sin is keeping them away from God (Isaiah 59:1,2) and dooming them to hell. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
Peter’s answer was the prototype answer for all time. Considering the gravity of the situation, the planning that had gone into this day, and the presence of the Holy Spirit, Peter would not have given the wrong answer. That is impossible to conceive.
Peter said, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (2:38). Repentance means a change of mind and life. McGarvey said, “Repentance is something that stands in between sorrow for sin and the change of life in which sins are abandoned and a better course of conduct begins.”
Finally, one must be baptized for the remission of sins. Acts 22:16 says, “And now why are you waiting, arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.”
/1. Alan Highers, Spiritual Sword 7:3:6.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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