THIS IS THE DAY!

      ". . . this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel . . . "

Acts 2:16 (NKJV)

Peter & disciples preaching Day of Pentecost

     Like a dozen stems of golden heads of wheat, the disciples are blurred into the field of that first Pentecost harvest, of which Joel had spoken centuries before. Joel 2:28-32. We cannot forget how often, while Jesus was with them, there were strifes among the disciples which should be the greatest. But now those strifes are at an end.

     From the moment the apostles saw their Master ascend, they were in full possession of all the external facts of which they were appointed to bear witness. But they were not in possession of the spiritual meaning, relations and consequences of those facts, and therefore the hour of their testimony was not come, and the interval was passed not in preaching but in prayer. As soon as the promise is fulfilled, they lift up their voice and speak. Never were men so changed! 

     Peter’s sermon shows that he has thoroughly recovered from his fall and restored to divine favor. This was the fulfilling of scripture, the fruit of Christ’s resurrection and ascension and proof of both. Impetuous Peter is still Peter, but being directed in the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter’s sermon is not defensive, but is bold and aggressive and tempered with “meekness of wisdom” as he refutes the rude charge, declaring that this is not intoxication, but inspiration! These men's clear, firm testimony rises in a moment before the world, with no hesitation, never to sink or change again, all  because of the power of the Gospel itself. 

     There is no direct assault upon Judaism. However, there is clear implication running through his sermon (even throughout Acts) that the old dispensation was the foundation of the new, the Jewish for the Christian, that the Jewish teachings, ceremonies and events were intensely significant influential upon the development of Christianity. 

     A primary point made by Luke as he moves from his account of the Gospel of Christ into Acts is that God keeps His promises. Luke begins this event in a strictly Jewish setting, during the Harvest Festival of Pentecost in Jerusalem. There, the church empowered by the Holy Spirit, picks up where the earthly ministry of Jesus ended 10 days before Pentecost. By the end of the book of Acts the church has scattered across thousands of miles and is welcoming people of all cultures and nations. No power, not even the mighty Roman Empire, could stop the forward march of the soul saving power of the gospel of Jesus Christ, who came into the world the first time as the Lamb of God, but will one day return as the Lion of Judah!

      Just A Thought Across The Garden Gate by Parson Don.

 

             THIS DEVOTIONAL IS #5 OF 5 IN A NEW SERIES BY DON BROWN.... 

             1. THE TELLING LOOK

             2. GAMBLING AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS

             3. ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES

             4. THE SON OF MAN ASCENDS TO THE ANCIENT OF DAYS

             5. THIS IS THE DAY!    


   

                                                                               

                    

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