God Has Done All For Us

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“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ And Peter said to them, ‘Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 2:37-38
 
“Look what you’ve done!”

You don’t want to look, do you? No. No need to look because you already know what you’ve done. In fact, you’ve been avoiding that look as hard as you can. But now you’re caught. Look what you’ve done.
 
That was the situation of the people Peter was speaking to in Acts 2. This was Pentecost and he was telling the people of Jerusalem that they had killed God’s Son and that He had been raised from the dead. This is the ultimate “look what you’ve done.” You’ve killed God’s only Son.  What do you have to say for yourselves?
 
They did all they could, and all that we can do. They asked, “What shall we do?” The good news is that it is not what we can do. For, having killed God’s Son, how are you going to make up for that? No, the good news is that God has done all for us. Baptism for the forgiveness of sins is God’s answer and his gift. What peace-giving news for them and for us. God’s promise and washing cleanses them from their guilt and it is the same for us.
 
Notice how Peter says, “all of you” when he tells them to be baptized and forgiven? It is not the answer for a spiritual elite. It is not marked for a certain age or experience. Here is the answer for everyone then and now. What an answer for all our moments of “Look what you’ve done!”  We can look at what we’ve done and repent of it. But it is not our sorrow that forgives us or our promises to not do it again. Baptism is the answer as it has brought God’s lasting forgiveness to us and continues to do so each day.
 
Our Heavenly Father, thank you that you have given us an answer for all that we’ve done wrong. Draw us out of our hiding and remind us that baptism has brought us your forgiveness and the answer to our frightened hearts. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
 

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