PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
May 1, 2019
Luke, the author of Acts, probably gives us just a synopsis of Peter’s sermon in Acts 10:34 ff. He briefly mentions the crucifixion, but focuses more on the resurrection. He emphasizes that the risen Lord had commanded them solemnly to testify that He has been appointed by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead. He concludes in v. 43 by saying that all the prophets bear witness that through His name, everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.
The Bible plainly declares in Romans 3:23 that we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. If we have broken only one of God’s commandments, we are guilty of breaking the whole law (James 2:10). Those who think that they are righteous enough to enter God’s holy presence are guilty of the worst sort of pride. Jesus Christ is God’s only means of salvation!
Peter also states plainly that Jesus is Lord of all, meaning, not only Lord of the Jews, but also of the Gentiles. This emphasizes both Jesus’ deity AND His absolute authority. This ties into the end of his sermon, where he states in v. 42 that God has appointed the risen Lord Jesus to be the Judge of the living and the dead. Everyone who has ever lived will stand trial before the Lord Jesus, and He will judge every thought and intent of our hearts.
Further, Peter emphasizes how God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power. As we see in v. 38, He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. In His humanity, Jesus showed us how we should live in dependence upon God, doing good to others, and overcoming Satan’s oppression.
Jesus’ death on the cross was God’s means of making peace between Himself and us. Jesus paid the debt that we owed. God took your sin and my sin and laid it on Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb, who had no sin of His own (Isaiah 53). Because He is fully God, His death has infinite value; AND because He is fully man, His death is the perfect substitute for our sins.
But had Jesus died and remained in the grave, His death would not have been sufficient. God raised Him up on the third day and validated His resurrection by making Him visible to certain chosen witnesses, as we see in vv. 40-41. Peter mentions that they ate and drank with Him to underscore the reality of Jesus’ resurrection, and to show that it was not merely a spiritual resurrection, but physical.
We need to stay focused on the person and work of Christ when we talk to people about spiritual things. It is easy to get distracted and talk about topics like evolution or moral or social issues. We need to keep bringing the conversation back to who Jesus is and what He did on the cross. Jesus is the issue!
We have not adequately proclaimed the gospel if we leave out the lordship of Jesus, and His call to radical discipleship. This is more than just believing in Jesus BUT involves a complete surrender of our lives to Him. So, salvation is not based on our national identity; salvation centers on the person and work of Jesus Christ.
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