November 28, 2014
READ: Acts 10:34-43
This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all (v.36).
Suppose there was a nonbeliever visiting your home church. At the end of the service your pastor asked you to share the gospel with the guest. What would you say to him? What about the good news would you present?
Peter defined the good news as “peace with God through Jesus Christ”. Human beings are all born into sin and rebellion against God—we’re at war with Him. But peace is now possible because of what Jesus did on the cross.
Peter told his audience that Jesus’ baptism showed that He was fully man and fully God (Acts 10:37; Matthew 3:13-17). Following this, the apostle said that Jesus has set us free from the power and bondage of Satan and sin (Acts 10:38). When He was put to death on a cross (v.39), Jesus “took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing” (Galatians 3:13; see 1 Peter 2:24). Peter also spoke of Jesus’ resurrection. “But God raised him to life on the third day” (Acts 10:40).
In addition we don’t adequately proclaim the gospel if we leave out the solemn fact of the coming judgement. Peter warned that God has appointed Jesus “to be the judge of all—the living and the dead” (v.42; see Hebrews 9:27).
Peter concluded his gospel presentation with an invitation: “Everyone who believes in him will have their sins forgiven through [Jesus’] name” (Acts 10:43). And he could boldly present what Jesus lived out and taught, for he was a “[witness] of all he did” (vv.39,41).
Today we have the commission to go and tell others about Him (v.42; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). What does that entail? Sharing the good news is simply telling people about who Jesus is and what He’s done to reconcile us to God. That’s the gospel 101! —K.T. Sim
365-day plan› Galatians 5:13-26
Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-8 for Paul’s summary of the essential elements of the good news.
Will you tell someone about Jesus this week? What inspires you about Peter and his presentation of the claims of Christ?