Rev. Jerry Keeney
Acts 2:22-24, 36-41 New Testament for Everyone (NTE)
‘You people of Israel,’ Peter continued, ‘listen to this. Jesus of Nazareth was a man marked out for you by God through the mighty works, signs and portents which God performed through him right here among you, as you all know. He was handed over in accordance with God’s determined purpose and foreknowledge – and you used people outside the law to nail him up and kill him. ‘But God raised him from the dead! Death had its painful grip on him; but God released him from it, because it wasn’t possible for him to be mastered by it.
‘So the whole house of Israel must know this for a fact: God has made him Lord and Messiah – this Jesus, the one you crucified.’ When they heard this, the people in the crowd were cut to the heart. ‘Brothers,’ they said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘what shall we do?’ ‘Turn back!’ replied Peter. ‘Be baptized – every single one of you – in the name of Jesus the Messiah, so that your sins can be forgiven, and you will receive the gift of the holy spirit. 39 The promise is for you and for your children, and for everyone who is far away, as many as the Lord our God will call.’ He carried on explaining things to them with many other words. ‘Let God rescue you’, he was urging them, ‘from this wicked generation!’ Those who welcomed his word were baptized. About three thousand people were added to the community that day.