January 7, 2019

Bob Beaty – Bishop, Susquehanna Conference

Bible meditation: Acts 1-6:7 (spread of the gospel, Jews in Jerusalem)

As the prosecutor finished his line of reasoning and looked across the crowd, the reactions were diverse, and the responses varied. The words hung in the air like a tethered balloon.

“You, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.” Acts 2:23

Some looked shocked, unable to form a response. The majority pushed back, unwilling to believe the accusations leveled against them. And there was a group pierced to their very core by the words they had just heard. Unknown to them, their response to the charge had the potential to set in motion a movement to change the world … in a backward sort of way. Their profession of guilt would not imprison them; it would provide them with freedom and power.

“What shall we do?” they asked.
Peter said, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:37-39

Most assume that when accused, a profession of innocence is the only option to freedom. But in Jesus’ economy, our confession of sin leads to life, power, and freedom. May we, like those in Jerusalem, find hope through confession and confidence through the provision of grace provided by Jesus Christ our Lord and King.

Prayer:

Father, it is in my brokenness that you provide healing and wholeness. Thank you for blessing the world by restoring people who were once lost and providing us with your Spirit of Life.