Peter addresses the Jewish audience in Acts 3:11-26 saying that is was through faith in Jesus that healing came to a crippled beggar. As discussed in the post Empowerment, the beggar at the temple gate was asking for money but through Peter, God blessed him with what he truly needed which was healing.
Peter then addresses the Jewish audience about how Jesus was handed over by them to be killed and they disowned Him before Pilate (v.13). The truth hurts sometimes but in order to get back on the right track, there has to be an understanding of past transgressions before things can begin to be set right.
As we witness of Christ, we can also make our message appropriate and meaningful to our audience. We can tell our audience that life may disappoint at times but the good news is that there is something better ahead if we step out in faith, choose to make every day count, seize the moment to be the light, and share this light with others.
In verse 25, Peter says that God’s gracious purpose is to bless His people. By repenting and adding Jesus to their lives, they would have their sins washed away. This would bring about a refreshing new beginning.
Today, our message can be the same as Peter’s message. Letting others know about the reason for the life of Christ and engaging others to this transformed life that gives new freedom, energy, and purpose.
Heavenly Father, we ask that we work at being a transformer rather than a conformer. Like Peter did, help us to engage others to accept this transformed life in Christ and to travel the path You have laid for us. In Jesus Christ name, Amen!