Do you know someone who has been wronged? Someone who has suffered humiliation, theft, rape, abuse, or even murder? Peter was put into a room full of the people who had murdered his very best Friend—the Man whom he knew to be the Messiah. Here’s what he said to them:
“And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He thus fulfilled. Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus.”
Big-mouth Peter could have yelled at those murderers for hours in all the sailor language he knew, but instead he forgave them. He not only forgave the murderers, but he forgave their ringleaders as well.
Then Peter did the unthinkable—he offered them a gift. He wanted to give gifts to those who had murdered his best Friend! He offered them repentance with the promise of a better life ahead. He wanted those murderers to have the same experience he had with Jesus.
You see, Peter realized that he was no better than the people who killed Jesus. Peter had killed Jesus also. And in the grand scheme of things, so have you and I. That puts each of us, from Hitler to Mother Teresa, on an equal playing field. The Bible says that “all have sinned,” (Romans 3:23) and it was our sins that ultimately killed Jesus.
You and I are murderers, but God offers us radical forgiveness! Let’s all “repent…and turn back, that [our] sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for [us], Jesus.”
I so thankful for Jesus, aren’t you?
Timmy Baze 😀
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.