READ : Acts 2:5-14
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them . . . (v. 14)
What happened to Peter? The last time we saw Peter in this two-volume set of books written by Luke (first the Gospel and now the book of Acts) he was weeping bitterly (Luke 22:62), having just been found out for his three-time denial of Jesus. The only story Luke told that includes Peter, between his betrayal night denials and his Pentecost proclamation, was the resurrection account.
“Pentecost” means “Fifty,” because this festival came fifty days after Passover. So at Passover Peter was denying Christ when asked if he knew him. Now, just seven weeks later, in front of many of the same people as before, Peter stands to preach. What happened?
The difference between Peter’s response on the betrayal night and his Pentecost proclamation is the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The resurrection of Jesus changes everything. By his death he has forgiven the sins of those who believe in him, and through his resurrection he has overcome the power of sin and death in our lives. Now, we do not have to remain “weeping bitterly” because of our past but can stand confidently in witness to the gospel. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
Dear Jesus, give us courage to live in light of the resurrection. Amen.