Monday, March 5
“With many other words he testified and strongly urged them, saying, ‘Be saved from this corrupt generation!’ So those who accepted his message were baptized, and that day about three thousand people were added to them.”
As one who loves giving sermons and listening to them, I read this verse and scream ... What other words? A sermon that sees 3000 people turn from their sin and know the salvation of Jesus … and this is the level of detail Luke gives as he is writing. I’m so eager to know more.
That being said, there is beauty in the simplicity. It would not be inappropriate for me to say the same thing to listeners in 2018,“be saved from this corrupt generation.”
Just a few observations:
The implication is three-fold.
First, all mankind needs to be saved. Second, this generation and that generation were corrupt. Sin knows no timetable. Third, when you accept the message of Jesus, there is immediate action and obedience. They believed and they were baptized. Boom.
For the purposes of seeing our need to REBOOT our voice, let’s see one more implication: The message must be mentioned. Oh, there’s a decent bumper sticker statement. The news must be broadcast … as Cronkite would say, “that’s the way it is”.
If you shared the GREAT news of Jesus, and knew 3000 people would change their lives, would you do it? What if there was a chance that 3000 people would change, would you then? What if there was a chance of 1? We are called to show the love of Christ always. By showing His love, once we have earned the right, we must then share His love. Otherwise, the showing would be in vain.
Father, send me into the “field” as one who might know where the ripe crop is located. Help me to remember that at the end of the day, when all is said and done, the gospel is so amazingly simple that even a crazy fisherman like Peter could share with people.
- Pastor Tim