Acts 2:14 – Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd:


It wasn’t too long ago that Peter stood around a fire in the middle of the night and denied he ever knew the Lord. His northern accent gave him away to a servant girl as a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, but not even under the cover of darkness was Peter able to bear witness (Luke 22:54-62). Here, on the day of Pentecost, however, in the full light of day, in front of crowds of people, Peter begins a full blown, full gospel address. The difference? The fire of the Holy Spirit. And it’s not that Peter ceases to be a complicated figure. In one of Paul’s earliest letters he will accuse Peter of cowardice for withdrawing from table fellowship with the Gentiles (Galatians 2:11-14). In other words, Peter remains a flawed character. But here, on the day of Pentecost, with the fire of the Spirit burning in his heart, he delivers one of the great sermons.


Prayer: Gracious Father, would that you would forbear my flaws as well, and fill my heart with the fire of your Spirit. How much we need that right now. Amen.