February 16, Reading 3 – Acts 2:22-47

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SAA Notes

3,000 people were baptised that day – the number in itself tells you that the mode of baptism could not be immersion, without considering the situation in Jerusalem itself. The promise is a covenant promise – to you and to your children! Faith is corporate as well as individual.

SJA Notes

What a sermon this is! And what response!

Peter draws David’s words in Psalms 16 and 110 in the sermon, directly linking them to Jesus. And more, that David knew Jesus.

“… He [David] foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.”

And more, that wonderful passage, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.'”

Let us never say that Jesus is only in the New Testament!

Peter speaks truth to those listening. “… You crucified and killed …” “… Whom you crucified.”

And more, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.”

And look at the wording of what response matters, “So those who received his word were baptized,”

Remember the parable of the grounds and the seed?

It is the GOOD SOIL that receives the word and grows and bears forth fruit a hundred-fold!

Let us be good soil, and let us be encouraged to preach and promote and point to Jesus with everyone we meet (in every thought, word and deed).

* Great Father,

Your Word continues to delight Your people, long years after it was written down.

Your Word is simple and complex, it is deep and wide, and from the first chapter of Genesis through to the last of Revelation, we see Jesus!

Thank You for this, it is a wonderful strong hope that we can wrestle with and rest upon.

Thank You Lord.

Amen.

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