“This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” (Acts 2:39)
This week we are looking at Acts Chapter 2. We left Chapter 1 with Jesus promising the disciples they will not be alone once He ascends into Heaven. He promised them the Holy Spirit where they would receive power as they live as witnesses in Jerusalem and all over the world.
Now in Chapter 2 the disciples receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, a Jewish festival celebrating the harvest and 50 days after the Passover. While they were gathered together the Holy Spirit came empowering them to be witnesses in Jerusalem first and then all over the world.
As you read Acts Chapter 2 note how Peter, the impulsive disciple, now stands in front of the city preaching a full sermon with full confidence. He quotes the Old Testament a couple of times. He preached so well thousands were saved that day.
Today we are looking at the verse 39 where Peter shares how all are saved by the grace of God. Previously only Jewish people were able to be saved. If one was born a Gentile (not from Israel) s/he needed to be converted into the Jewish faith so that s/he can be saved. What Peter says is revolutionary. Gentiles can be saved?!?! God’s grace is for everyone?!?!?
No one is left out of receiving God’s grace. Each one of us is loved unconditionally by God. We are called to repentance, a turning back on sin and turning towards God’s open arms. This is the joy to be found in God alone.
When you look at the section after Peter’s sermon you see how the community of followers shared life together. If one had more of something s/he shared with the community. They gathered together to worship and have a meal together. As others saw how much they loved one another and served in the city they asked more about faith and became followers of Jesus in their own lives.
This is the example we are to follow in our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. It is the community we share with fellow disciples that gives an example of God’s love for everyone. By caring for one another we demonstrate God’s unconditional love for all people. Remember God’s grace is for everyone. We cannot isolate ourselves with fellow disciples. God sends out to the world to be witnesses, telling our stories with Jesus.
This Week’s Challenge
Who is someone in your life that God is nudging you towards sharing your witness about Jesus Christ? What is 1 thing you will do this week to begin the conversation?