Note: On many church calendars this day is celebrated as Pentecost Sunday. We remember that Jesus had left his disciples with a promise. Power was to come upon them. On Pentecost Sunday the Holy Spirit appeared in a miraculous way when the Apostles spoke in tongues. Then Peter stood up to preach. As he preached, he reminds his listeners of a tremendous miracle. It is the miracle of mercy.
See: Acts 3: 14, 15; 2 Peter 3:9; Romans 10:13; John 7: 38, 39; Psalm 110:1; Ezekiel 36: 26, 27; Joel 2: 28, 29.
Adult PM Bible Study – M – E – R – C – Y — Acts 2: 25 – 42
Murderers – vs. 23, 38 – Peter confronts the crowd with a startling accusation. In their number are the murderers of Jesus. Some consented to his death and others had taken steps to see him crucified.
Expectation – vs. 26, 27 — In Psalm 16: 8 – 11 there was an expectation that God would raise up his servant. Though David was God’s servant, David was laid to rest in the grade. The prophesy awaited fulfillment in the life of one who was coming.
Resurrection – vs. 24, 32 – God raised Jesus from the dead. The popular vote may have been to have Jesus executed. God voted to give Jesus life from the grave and executed God’s will by raising Jesus.
Coronation – vs. 36 – Not only did God raise Jesus from the grave but he crowned him as Christ, the Lord. Those who treated Jesus so violently and unjustly would have to stand before Jesus as King Eternal.
Yield – v. 38 – The people are convicted both of their wrongdoing and of the danger that brought upon them. To avoid the judgment to come they ask what they must do. Peter replies that they must repent, and they must be baptized for the remission of their sins.
Exemplary story: Awkward. If you ever walk upon someone in a heated conversation, and the subject of the conversation is you, then you know how awkward the situation becomes. Suddenly the conversation stops, and the speaker is looking at you. The person knows they have been exposed. The audience listening to Peter knew that they had been exposed as the murderers of Jesus, and they know that he was now able to avenge himself. Only mercy could save those persons, and only God in Christ can give that sort of mercy. And God has given us that mercy.
Acts 2:28, 29 “You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy I your presence.” [Having just quoted Psalm 16:8-18, Peter said,] “Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.”
Prayer: Lord God, we praise you for always keeping your promises.
Thought for the day: The same God who promised life to Jesus is promising life to us in Jesus.
Acts 2: 30, 31 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for giving us a hope beyond this life in Christ Jesus.
Thought for the day: The longest day on earth cannot compare with eternity.
Acts 2: 32, 33 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we have heard the witness of the apostles, and we believe you are alive forevermore.
Thought for the day: Jesus’ example is so simple it is often overlooked. Jesus believed and obeyed, and God took care of the rest of the story.
Acts 2: 34, 35 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “’The Lord said to my Lord: “ Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’”
Prayer: Jesus, Son of God, as you rule in heaven may you rule in our hearts and lives.
Thought for the day: God has given his children his love, and it is our responsibility to return the love.
Acts 2: 36, 37 Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles,” Brothers, what shall we do?”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, may your living word guide us to life anew, when we are convicted by our failures and misdirection.
Thought for the day: Cheer for winners, and no one will have to say, “I told you so.”
Acts 2: 38, 39 Peter replied, “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 whoa re far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, son of God, we would turn from our sins and find the cleansing of the waters of baptism.
Thought for the day: Teachers, parents, managers, and administrators know that there is one vital question to ask when a simple assignment is given: Have you done it?
Acts 2: 40, 41 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves form this corrupt generation” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, today we who have heard and have obeyed long to be added to the number of disciples of Christ.
Thought for the day: The doors of the church have never closed, since they were opened on Pentecost Sunday.