Today's Devotion - September 17
Those Who Accepted His Message Were Baptized
Yesterday we were reminded that Jesus was preparing his followers to take God’s message of salvation to the entire world. (Matthew 28:16-26)
Luke tells us in the Book of Acts that Jesus’ disciples were to wait there in Jerusalem until they had received power from the Holy Spirit. Please read Acts 1 and Acts 2 as your prepare for the devotional today.
As the Jewish people were celebrating the Pentecost in Jerusalem, God poured out his Spirit on the believers. Please read Acts 2:1-10 carefully. This outpouring of the Spirit permitted Jesus’ followers to proclaim the “good news” in a language all could understand. It certainly got the attention of the crowds and allowed Peter, one of the Apostles, to proclaim the death and resurrection of Jesus. (See Acts 2:22-35)
As Peter closes his message to the people, we read these words:
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
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. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
The people are called to believe that Jesus, who was crucified, is now the Lord of all and the Messiah (the Christ) promised to Israel. This message by Peter brought much conviction to the hearts of people hearing it. They are called to repent (turn their minds in a new direction) and to be baptized (to be immersed in water) for the forgiveness of their sins and to receive the promised Holy Spirit. Amazingly, some 3,000 people responded to the gospel and were baptized that day!
Baptism played an important part in the gospel message. The good news was entirely about Jesus, his life, death and resurrection. We respond to that good news by believing it, turning away from a life of sin and being baptized into Christ.
The people who were baptized formed the church there in Jerusalem and there was a spirit of love and togetherness around them (Acts 2:42-47). May God help us to hear his word!
Heavenly Father – We thank you for the life and sacrifice of Jesus, our Lord and Savior. Thank you for those who listened to your message and responded in those early days. Help us to have that same spirit of urgency about us as we share good news with others. We love and praise you. In the name of Jesus– Amen.
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