Friday, September 28, 2018

Never Too Soon to Obey Jesus

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Everyone in Israel should then know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ, even though you put him to death on a cross.  When the people heard this, they were very upset. They asked Peter and the other apostles, "Friends, what shall we do?"  Peter said, "Turn back to God! Be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins will be forgiven. Then you will be given the Holy Spirit.  This promise is for you and your children. It is for everyone our Lord God will choose, no matter where they live."

Acts 2 : 36 - 39

It was not the Gospel of Peace and Joy that prompted men and women on the Day of Pentecost to repent.  The stark reality came upon them that Jesus was Lord and Christ and they responded to Him by killing Him!  

They were very upset, as anyone would be who discovered that they had, even unknowingly opposed God Himself to the point of Crucifying Him!  They were guilty beyond the shadow of a doubt!  There was nothing they could do to make it right.  And when they realized that Jesus had risen from the grave, they could only imagine the vengeance that He might take on every one of them!

Instead of running away from God, Peter told them to run to Jesus and be baptized in His Name!  He told them that then they would experience forgiveness of their sins and would be given the Holy Spirit!  

Instead of trying to define and understand the theology of what Peter was telling them to do, they rushed to the waters of baptism that day!  Like prisoners would rush from the confines of their cells when the doors were opened, three thousand of those who killed Jesus responded quickly and without debate!  

Even today when a man or woman becomes convicted of their sin and the ultimate consequences of that sin, unqualified obedience becomes the next step!

Don't be guilty of slowing people down in their response of obedience to Jesus!  You cannot obey the Lord too soon!

"Lord Jesus, show me today how I can continue to be obedient to You in everything I do.  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."

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