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Jesus Messiah

It is clear. There is no room for doubt. We must accept the facts.

Jesus is Master. Jesus died, was buried, was raised from the dead into an incorruptible body, ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God, completely in control. Jesus oversees God’s government.

Jesus is the Messiah, the one anointed from God to be in charge. Jesus is King and our high Priest.

There is no room for doubt. It is clear. The facts are in.

So, what should we do?

  • Change our mind and obey Jesus
  • Turn to God
  • Be baptized
  • Be forgiven
  • Receive the Holy Spirit

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Master and the Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.

37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”[1]

Acts 2:36-39

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Let us dig deeper into this scripture:

Therefore—that is, to sum up all. This is the main thing about the main thing.

let all the house of Israel—for in this first discourse the appeal is formally made to the whole house of Israel, as the then existing Kingdom of God.

know assuredly—by indisputable facts, fulfilled predictions, and the seal of the Holy Spirit set upon all. The resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate evidence for the existence of God.

that God hath made—for Peter’s object was to show them that, instead of interfering with the arrangements of the God of Israel, these events were His own high movements.

this same Jesus, whom ye have crucified—“The sting is at the close” [Bengel]. To prove to them merely that Jesus was the Messiah might have left them all unchanged in heart. But to convince them that He whom they had crucified had been by the right hand of God exalted and constituted the “Lord” whom David in spirit adored, to whom every knee shall bow, and the Messiah of God, was to bring them to “look on Him whom they had pierced and mourn for Him.”

pricked in their hearts—the begun fulfilment of Zec 12:10, whose full accomplishment is reserved for the day when “all Israel shall be saved” (Ro 11:26).

what shall we do?—This is that beautiful spirit of genuine compunction and childlike docility, which, discovering its whole past career to have been one frightful mistake, seeks only to be set right for the future, be the change involved and the sacrifices required what they may. So Saul of Tarsus.

  • Repent—The word denotes change of mind, and here includes the reception of the Gospel as the proper issue of that revolution of mind which they were then undergoing.
  • baptized … for the remission of sins—as the visible seal of that remission.
  • For the promise—of the Holy Spirit, through the risen Saviour, as the grand blessing of the new covenant.
  • all afar off—the Gentiles.[2]

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016), Ac 2:36–39.

[2] Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset, and David Brown, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, vol. 2 (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997), 175–176.