“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—”
After the Holy Spirit came upon the 120 in the Upper Room at the beginning of Acts 2, it was Peter who gave the first sermon. Yes, Peter, foot in mouth, talk first, think later, Peter. The Peter who denied knowing Jesus. He used the book of Joel as a jumping off point to give the church’s first message.
Once he finished quoting these verses, how did he begin this study? By going right to Jesus of Nazareth. You would have thought he would have brought up something less controversial so as not to upset the Jews here in Jerusalem. Nope. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Peter gives the gospel message about Jesus, focusing on His death and resurrection.
The Holy Spirit’s work in our lives should always point us to Jesus. He’s the focus of God’s word, whether in the New Testament or, as Peter demonstrated, in the Old Testament. Peter learned that right away. We should, too.
Pointing people to Jesus,
Pastor Ron Kitchell