Peter speaking again. – Acts 3
Peter's second message to the people is similar but different. After healing the lame man, Peter explains:
An extract - "...... you denied the Holy and Righteous one, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you. You killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead."
This message is full of special titles for the Lord Jesus. As you read the chapter through , highlight them:
3 verse 13 -- God's servant Jesus
14 -- Holy and Righteous one
15 -- Author of life
18 -- suffering Messiah
22 -- the Prophet
On the basis of Jesus raised from the dead and glorified in heaven, Peter assures the Israelites that God can forgive, and could restore the promises of restoration for the nation. But as Peter finishes, he goes to the root of the problem:
"God, having raised His Servant (Jesus), sent Him to you first, to bless you by turning everyone of you from your wickedness." (Acts 3:26). Before national restoration could happen there needed to be individual turning from sin, turning to God through His Son.
The sad history of this book, Acts, is that the Jews (Israelites) refused the offer, and eventually their very precious temple was destroyed and the land occupied by Gentiles.
This message is full of links to the Old Testament – more for next time.