Acts 2:37-38 – When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptised, 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.’

 

It is a devastating moment when you realise you’ve assessed something wrong, when you realise you’ve backed the wrong horse. For the crowd listening to Peter’s sermon, the realisation that the man they crucified is in fact the Messiah cut them to the heart. They were stunned. Broken-hearted. Fortunately, however, this is a Christian sermon. In other words, if we repent and believe, the message that brought us grief can be the same message that heals us with forgiveness. It all depends on our response. Although even repentance is the gift of God.

 

Prayer: Lord, you are merciful in all your ways. Keep me ever open to your word.