December 10, 2008
A Revolutionary Announcement
“God raised [Jesus] up again,” declared Peter in his first sermon (Acts 2:24). Imagine what a revolutionary statement that was. The assembled crowd knew of the Lord and the miracles He’d performed. Perhaps some had even joined in shouting, “Crucify Him!” (Matt. 27:22). Yet here was one of Jesus’ followers, claiming that the Christ could not be held down by death’s power.
The disciples’ early accounts of the Lord’s resurrection were treated as idle tales told by desperate men. But Pentecost was a new day. The crowd witnessed something historic as each person heard the gospel in his or her own language (Acts 2:11-12). God visited mankind in a way He’d never done before.
The revolution sparked by the Holy Spirit that day spread across the world and into the modern era, transforming cultures as well as individuals. Revival began in 3,000 hearts smitten with remorse at the news of the Messiah’s death. Those new believers underwent baptism—a public “statement” that Jesus was the Savior, who died for their sins, rose again, ascended into heaven, and took His place at God’s right hand. The new believers’ conversion also caused change within their communities, as they lived out the gospel message of compassion and love.
The revolution continues. God sees to it that all people who are open to the gospel will receive it in a language they can understand. Are you a changed person because you have heard that Jesus is alive? If not, now is the time to let this truth transform you.
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