Today, we are all in one place: Acts 3, 4 and 5. Come on back and share a highlight- what are you thinking about today?
“One day at three o’clock in the afternoon, Peter and John were on their way into the Temple for prayer meeting.” Acts 3:1
Do you remember these guys from Matthew 4? They’ve been with Jesus, seen Him work miracles, experienced His life-changing teaching and His love firsthand. Now they are continuing the work. We should take every opportunity to put these events in the timeline here, a piece of the bigger whole.
“And now, friends, I know you had no idea what you were doing when you killed Jesus, and neither did your leaders.” Acts 3:17 MSG
Can you appreciate how close Peter and Jesus were? Can you imagine how difficult it might have been for him to speak to a group of people who had been part of the angry crowd, shouting for the release of a criminal over the Messiah? I love how he addresses them as friends – and continues:
“But God, who through the preaching of all the prophets had said all along that his Messiah would be killed, knew exactly what you were doing and used it to fulfill his plans. Now it’s time to change your ways! Turn to face God so he can wipe away your sins, pour out showers of blessing to refresh you, and send you the Messiah he prepared for you, namely, Jesus.” Acts 3:18-19 MSG
Acts 3:19 is a favorite. The presence of God is the source of refreshing. And Acts 4:18-20 – can you imagine telling Peter and John that they could not talk about Jesus? He was their best friend and biggest influence, this would’ve been unthinkable to them. Lord, let silence about Your goodness be unthinkable to me too.