A World in Need of God
It seems people thought that with Jesus' death, there would also be an end to Jesus' work -- his miracles, teachings, healings, and parables. How wrong they were! Jesus had done a remarkable job of teaching, training, and equipping his followers to carry on the message and the work after his death. When Peter and John healed a man, the people were astonished. 2000 years later, God's work is still being done all over the world. Miracles and healings pop up from time to time. Jesus' teachings are still shared every week, every day in congregations, online, even on TV. And God's workers are all around us -- God's workers include you. We have also been taught, trained, and equipped to carry on Jesus' work in this world -- vastly different from Jesus' world, but every bit as much in need of God's word, healing, and presence.
Narrative Lectionary Text: Acts 3:11-26
While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished.
When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. And by faith in his name, his name itself has made this man strong, whom you see and know; and the faith that is through Jesus has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you. “And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus, who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets. Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you from your own people a prophet like me. You must listen to whatever he tells you. And it will be that everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be utterly rooted out of the people.’ And all the prophets, as many as have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, also predicted these days. You are the descendants of the prophets and of the covenant that God gave to your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”