Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Acts 2:36-41, Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22, John 20:11-18


Acts 2:36-41, Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22, John 20:11-18

Acts 2:36-41

My Beloved, all those who banded together to kill You, both the Jewish authorities and the Romans  fulfilling every prophecy in Sacred Scripture must have watched how events were unfolding after  You gave up Your Spirit to Your Father and died. The Man they had crucified had emerged even stronger than before, more powerful. The rag tag band of disciples who were so consumed with fear and had melted into the night like mist in the morning sun when You needed Your friends the most were now unrecognizable beginning with Peter. Filled with the Holy Spirit and with power they spoke boldly, unafraid of naming and shaming the people who were listening to them that the One they had crucified was indeed Lord and Christ – the Anointed sent by God Himself. So moved by the words they heard they were convicted of sin and desired to start afresh and the God of second chances put these words in the mouth of Peter, “Each of you must repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that you sins may be forgiven Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise was made to you and your children, and to all those from afar whom our God may call.”

As many as 3000 people who heard Peter found salvation that day. This is the Good News my Beloved that all who believe in You receive forgiveness from all sin no matter how heinous and in You we can always  have as many new beginnings as we need because we are weak and in the course of a lifetime may fall often. The Good News is this You make intercession for us night and day before the Throne of Your Father because You have ransomed and redeemed us and now we are Yours.

Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22

How blessed we are my Beloved. Your Word is trust worthy and You work of salvation has power to save all who believe in You. Those who belong to You shine like stars in the world and they make visible Your loving kindness in the world. They walk with confidence and without fear for they know that Your unswerving gaze is upon them and they can trust Your loving kindness to guard and protect them from every evil. Your love encompasses us for we have placed all our hope in You who are the shield and the refuge of all who are called by Your Name.

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