This week’s reflections are written by Rev. Brian Johnston, one of our Associate Pastors here at St. Matthew’s
Rooted 2019 – Week Fifteen Day Two
Today’s reading is Acts 3: 11-26
This becomes Peter’s second sermon to the people of Israel. The crowd gathered here represents the same crowd that was present at Peter’s first sermon we read about last week. There are Jewish people present from all of the regions of the known world. As Peter preaches, his main focus is on God and how Jesus is part of God’s story. The crowd gets a second chance to repent and believe in the gospel. However, there is a verse that I want to highlight for us today. It is verse 17, “And now friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers”. Peter is pointing out that the leaders of Jewish people were misguided when it came to Jesus. They missed the mark when it came to interpreting the Old Testament scriptures that would point to Jesus being the true Messiah. In turn, they mislead their people. So what does this mean for us? We have to, let me say it again, we have to be always be practicing our spiritual disciplines. Prayer, scripture reading, community worship, service, etc. If we don’t then we can be lead astray. As humans we are created for relationship with our God, however, if we don’t take care of that relationship then secular things begin to fill that void. Before we know it we can be listening and worshiping this world instead of God. We become as Peter says, ignorant. So may we be encouraged by the Holy Spirit and let us encourage others to grow in their relationship with God.
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