How cool that today is Pentecost this year (June 4) and the reading for today is about Pentecost.
Peter’s Pentecost sermon gives such a good summary of the Gospel:
- “Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2: 21 (quoted from Joel)
- Jesus was “delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God.” (vs. 23) The worst crime in all history was central to God’s eternal plan of salvation.
- Jesus could not stay dead! (vs. 24-35)
- “… know for certain that God made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” (vs. 36) Jesus is both God (Lord) and the longed for Messiah
- How do we respond to this truth? “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (vs. 38)
- Note that this is true for “everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (vs. 39)
The same truths, faith and response are the means by which those who God calls to Himself will receive forgiveness and the Holy Spirit.
Dear Lord: Thank you that your Gospel never changes. Help me to share it more urgently and lovingly. Amen.