“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” Acts 2:37-39 KJV
I’ve been doing a study on the early church. One thing that stands out so blatantly to me is the message of the apostles. They shared truth. Everywhere they went, everyone they came in contact with, they shared the truth of Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection. They also shared redemption through repentance, baptism in the name of Jesus, and receiving the Holy Ghost. And you know, thousands were added to the church daily.
I feel like sometimes we think it such a simple message, or maybe we think it a message that should be reserved for Easter/Resurrection Sunday.
For the past two years, I have had Jesus’ death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and return on my mind almost constantly.
Today, it isn’t popular – even on Easter/Resurrection Sunday, it seems, to share the message of what Jesus did for all mankind. Nor is it popular to share the steps of salvation. I won’t even bother to question “why?”
All I really want to do is share the truth. The truth of God’s love, redemption, and the truth that we must be saved. Jesus died on the cross, rose after 3 days so that all mankind could be forgiven of our sins, abide in Him, as He abides in us. He sent His Spirit to dwell in us. All we have to do is repent, be baptized in Jesus’ name, and receive the free gift of the Holy Ghost. The promise is not dead and gone. It is still very much alive.