Acts 2:14-47; Deuteronomy 15-16; Job 11
Maybe the buzz had died down. Maybe people had just forgotten about it, since the folks who had the most interest had been quiet for seven to ten days. Then came the day of Pentecost and the explosion of the Holy Spirit as He filled the believers gathered together in the upper room. As the people in Jerusalem at the time tried to figure out what was going on, Peter spoke to them. People from all the different nationalities heard this story not in Hebrew which they all should have known, but in their native tongue. Those who were visiting had probably stayed over from their trip to Jerusalem for the Passover. I have no doubt that they had heard the stories of the Resurrection but perhaps had attributed it to the rantings of a few die hard followers of Jesus. Then the explosion of the Holy Spirit came and they heard the story of Jesus not from a few die hard believers, but in a miraculous way from over a hundred people who spread the message. The point on which the message of Peter turned was that “This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.” (Acts 2:32) They had heard. They had seen. They knew. Now they were called to decide. In a beautiful bit of parallelism, three thousand people committed themselves to follow Jesus on the day that the Holy Spirit was poured out on the Church. (Three thousand died on the day the Law was given.) While we don’t have any living eyewitnesses of the Resurrection the truth is that people have seen what God’s people do. Often they focus on the negative and there are some negatives. The truth is that God’s people live the Resurrection daily and the changed lives we live are proof of God’s presence in our world today. Our lives and our words should remind others that this Jesus, whom God raised from the dead, is still alive and working in our world today.
Lord, let my life and my words lead people to worship You. Even if people don’t know the difference You have made in my life, may they see a difference from those who seek to live without You. Let me truly reflect Your grace to all.