The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go. But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. Acts 3:13-15
Some of the most powerful sermons you’re ever going to read are in the book of Acts, here Peter is trying to reveal to Israel how Jesus is the Messiah and they killed him! The same God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is the same God of Matthew, Mark , Luke and John. Jesus is the long awaited Messiah, the Son of God who fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Old Testament
But as Peter stated, Israel denied their Messiah in the presence of Pilate, also they chose to release a killer named Barrabas rather than release their Messiah Jesus. And rather, they had the Holy One of God , crucified on a cross as a common criminal
And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I wot that through ignorance ye did it, as did also your rulers. But those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:16-19
Even though it’s shocking to here, that the Son of God, the Messiah was crucified on a wooden cross, it was also prophesied throughout the Old Testament, and was necessary for the Son of Man to pay the ransom for our sins. The Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world
So what should we do now that we know this? Repent and be Born Again, by faith trust in Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Then you will be baptized by the Holy Spirit and become a Child of God!
And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. Acts 3:20-22
As Peter demonstrates from Deuteronomy, even Moses prophesied about the coming of Jesus, that God would raise up One who was greater than Moses, greater than all the prophets, the Son of God in the flesh!
Israel has the prophecies about their Messiah, yet they missed him. Are you missing The Lord today? Do you realize Jesus Christ came to save you also? Have you repented and received him or are you still ignoring him?