SUNDAY 28TH FEBRUARY, 2021
THEME: REPENT AND BE REFRESHED
PASSAGE: ACTS 3:17-26
MEMORY VERSE: Acts 3:19 “Repent, therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that time of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”
HYMN: MHB 325 (L.M.) – O COME, ye sinners, to your Lord.
What does it mean to be refreshed? It simply means to restore the vigour by means of food, drink or rest. It can also mean to restore to the original state before being damaged either by sickness, poverty or other forces.
Repentance is an act of showing a remorseful sign or being sorry for the wrong which one has done. An astonished crowd formed on the occasion of the miraculous healing of the crippled man at the beautiful gate (3:11). Peter took the opportunity to preach the Gospel. It was an opportunity for Peter to make an Altar Call for repentance.
Peter, having accused the crowd of their wrong deeds, acknowledged that most of them had acted in ignorance when they agreed to crucify the Lord. Their leaders, too, had been ignorant of what they were really doing (3:17). But acknowledging their ignorance does not mean they were not guilty, nor did it imply that they did not need forgiveness. The appropriate response by the listeners during this sermon of Peter was to repent and return to God in order to have their sins washed away.
He spoke of times of refreshing… from the Lord (3:19). He might be referring simply to the gift of the Holy Spirit, or he might mean that if one is true or absolutely repented without any blemish or stain, or, as Paul puts it in 2 Cor. 5:17 becomes a new creature in Christ, one has a completely new life in Christ and reconciled to God. The source of refreshing in the presence of the Lord. The crowd had seen an example of what this refreshing could mean in the healing of the crippled man – a new life.
We are encouraged by Peter’s message to come out of our wicked ways in order to receive the good promises of the Lord’s refreshment which are unattainable when one lives a sinful life.
PRAYER: Covenant-keeping God, I submit myself unto You. Take away from me those sins that can deny me of Your everlasting refreshment in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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