By: Lisa Wilmore
Scripture Reading: Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you…This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore, being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore, let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. 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 (Acts 2:29-38 NKJV).
Last Sunday, we celebrated the observance of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. Now that he has risen, “What shall we do?” In Acts 2, this question was asked of those to whom Peter preaches, after the ascension of Jesus and on the day of Pentecost. Peter heralds the message that Jesus’ resurrection proves that he is Lord and Christ (Savior, Anointed One). He reminds them that David, their beloved king, had not ascended up to heaven, but said, “The Lord said unto my Lord, himself, sit at my right hand…” (Acts 2:34, Psalm 16:8).
Scripture points out that when the people heard Peter’s sermon, they were cut to the heart (pricked) and asked him, “What shall we do?” Peter said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness) of sin and you shall receive the gift of the holy spirit” (Acts 2:38 NKJV).
Many persons celebrate the resurrection in some form or another but may lack the understanding of what to do next. As a matter of fact, year after year, individuals gather, fellowship, then leave their loved ones not knowing what should happen after the resurrection. Peter says, “Repent and be baptized…” It is important to realize that after the preacher has preached the sermon on resurrection Sunday morning, repentance is the next step.
My Christian Friends, our command by God, as believers in Jesus the Christ, is to compel others to come to Jesus, repent (turn away sorrowfully) from their sins and be baptized.