Daily Archives: April 27, 2019

April 27 – HE IS RISEN!!!

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 Acts 2:14-41

Peter Addresses the Crowd

14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:
“‘I saw the Lord always before me.
    Because he is at my right hand,
    I will not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest in hope,
27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    you will not let your holy one see decay.
28 You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
35 until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet.”’
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. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

SOAP Note

A Matter of the Heart | Kathy Page

Scripture

Acts 2:37

Observation

This is such an awesome chapter of Scripture! The beginning of the first church and the Holy Spirit’s descending on His people.

Peter had just implicated his audience in the death of Jesus, “You crucified this man.” He wasn’t concerned about pleasing them, but telling the truth.

“Cut to the heart” (v. 37). When Peter spoke those words, the people had a choice to make: 1, they could reject this truth, and God; or 2, they could receive it and flourish in their relationship with Him. These people’s hearts had been cut, they were kicked in the gut, they were stunned by the enormity of their sins, they were broken, they did not attempt to minimize their guilt – their hearts were ready to receive God’s truth. They were convicted and convinced that something needed to be done. Their conviction led them to move. “What shall we do?”, they ask. Peter lets them know exactly what needs to be done. “Repent, turn away from your sin, be baptized and seek forgiveness.” God’s truth had fallen on fertile soil!

Application

How is my heart? When I am faced with the truth about Jesus and my guilt before Him, what is my response? Will I reject His truth, minimize my guilt before Him? Will my heart be cut? Will my heart be ready to receive His truth about my sin? It separates me from my Lord. As a believer, what should my response be? Repent. Seek God’s forgiveness. Seek God’s forgiveness so that my relationship, my fellowship with my God, can be restored.

Prayer

Lord, pierce my heart so I may stay humble and close to You. Remind me that Your heart too was pierced for my sins, and Your blood was shed for the remission of my sins. I want to be convicted of my sins continually by Your Holy Spirit so that I will be moved to repent and seek Your forgiveness. I pray my heart is always fertile soil for You. In Jesus’ Name.

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