God's Word for Today
October 23, 2011
The healing of the lame beggar drew a crowd around the three men. Solomon’s Porch, on the east side of the temple, was a place where Jesus had ministered. In his sermon at Pentecost, Peter argued against the accusation that the believers were drunk. In this sermon, he had to argue against the crowd thinking that he and John had healed the man by their own power. He gave all the glory to the Lord Jesus and went on to explain the guilt the crowd had in crucifying Jesus. Peter said that this was the God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Remember his audience are all Jews. The Holy Spirit certainly gave Peter boldness as he spoke to them about the way they had treated Jesus. In order to convince them of their crimes, Peter used several different names and titles for our Lord: God’s Son, Jesus, the Holy One, the Just One, the Prince of life. This was no ordinary man that they had handed over to the Romans to crucify. The beggar standing before them, healed in Jesus name was another proof that Jesus was alive.
Peter’s sermon was specific to his audience. Just like at Pentecost, Peter was addressing people who knew the Scriptures and knew about the recent events in Jerusalem. When we preach or share the Gospel the basic content the same but we may have to explain more or less depending on the knowledge, background, and experience most people in the audience have. When I speak to you, I need to use some illustrations that you can understand and relate to in Southern Thailand rather than something from America.
Before anyone can come to true faith in Jesus Christ they really need to be convinced of their sinfulness and their need of a savior. Through the years in sharing the Gospel I have come across many people, especially young ones, who think they are not sinners or not that bad anyway, and so then why do they need the Savior? Once we are convinced of our sinfulness then we wonder, what is the remedy, the solution? How can I have my sins forgiven? Then we are ready for the Savior. So Peter tells this crowd in verse 19 they need to repent. 19Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,
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