Acts chapter two is a historical record of a phenomenal event. The promise Jesus gave when He told His followers to wait until they received power, thus enabling them to be witnesses to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the entire world (know world at that time) was finding its fulfillment at this instant! There were people from all over the known world concentrated in one place, and each was hearing the gospel being proclaimed in their own language. All observing we astounded, and some of those let their wonder find a pathetic explanation in accusations of drunkenness.
Peter disproves those false accusations and quotes the prophet Joel by saying that the last days foretold by Joel are the present days they are in. He proclaims the freedom of Israel has begun, and the Messiah that brought it is also Israel’s promised and rightful King! He tells them, not of some event that happened far away that no one was privy to seeing; but He reminds them of the events they witnessed themselves, as well as the ones they were directly instrumental in bringing about – the very murder of this Messiah/King now resurrected. The fact of this once-murdered-now-resurrected Messiah/King out to conquer His enemies really bothered those who were hearing it; not because they doubted the veracity of what was being said, but the exact opposite – they had seen Jesus live, knew they killed him, and were observers of His now empty tomb. They knew one thing for certain, a scorned messenger brought the wrath of the one who sent him, and the wrath of a scorned king was certainly no better. Their hearts sinking to their stomachs enabled this realization to pierce both simultaneously. The question began to find its way from the crowd to those proclaiming this “good news” (I’m sure it seemed nothing of the sort quite yet), “What are we to do?”
Where does one run from a resurrected King that death couldn’t contain? How is one to expect any clemency from the very man they not only tried to murder, but actually did murder in what is one of the most excruciating ways to die? But what they heard was totally unexpected, “Turn back, and be baptized in the very name of The One whom you murdered and you will not only find forgiveness, but also the gift of His Spirit.” This King conquers not through force, but through love. While dying, He prayed for forgiveness of His murderers, and after resurrection, still extended that forgiveness to those very enemies.
Having every right to be angry, and having all power at His disposal to crush those who hated Him, this King does the opposite! He loves them, and offers to them the very freedom His death won. And we, His followers, are to do the same.
The Messiah and LORD is Love! This is the good news! Let it sink in… Listen to these words.