“Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you
of the patriarch David, that he both is dead and buried,
and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore
being a prophet, and knowing that God hath sworn with
an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to
the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;
He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ,
that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see
corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we
all are witnesses.” Acts 2:29-32
As Peter preached these words on the day of
Pentecost, thousands of people listened intently. It was
very much a Spirit filled sermon. We know that at the
close of Peter’s sermon three thousand people confess
their faith in Jesus Christ and submit themselves to
public baptism. I would like to suggest four reasons
why they paid such good attention.
The first would be Peter’s boldness. This can
only be explained by the indwelling Spirit of God. On
the night of Jesus’ arrest Peter was cowardly. Here
though, during the Passover celebration when Jerusalem
was flooded with people, he spoke out boldly without
fear or hesitation. We all need someone like Peter to
stand up unashamedly and speak the truth. We also
need to be the ones who speak with boldness now.
Remember Peter is no longer on the scene.
The second reason they paid such good attention
was the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection. Dead people
getting up and walking out of tombs is not your average
news story. All of the sudden hundreds of people are
claiming this miracle is true. This was very much out of
the norm. Not to mention the fact that all of the
foreigners from out of town were hearing the same thing
in their language. Everyone understood, no one was
The third reason was the direct connection with
David’s prophecy. These people knew the Old
Testament better than most of us; but they had been
blind to this obvious truth. All of the sudden what
Peter was saying made sense. These people had a
respect for the Bible and were familiar with it. Oh to
God this were true today! Many more would be
getting saved if this were the case. These people knew
Jesus‘ lineage could be traced back to David.
The fourth reason by far was the most
compelling and troubling. These people felt
responsible for Jesus’ suffering and crucification.
They, with one voice, had cried out “crucify him” just
a few days prior. Verse 37 says “they were pricked in
their heart”. It means they were vexed or greatly
pained by this. They had played a part in the beating
and death of an innocent man. The weight of guilt and
shame lay heavy upon their shoulders. Not only was
He an innocent man, He was the promised and long
As we approach Resurrection Sunday this
month, God wants to have our attention. He wants us
to hear His bold word. He wants our interest on the
same miracle. He wants us to see the obvious
connection between Jesus and the prophecies of old.
He wants us to feel guilt and shame for the part our
sins played in that tragic scene.
If He has our attention, then some of us will
respond in faith and obedience. Just like Peter did and
just like the three thousand who got saved.
See You In Church,