“For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself:
‘The LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
Peter delivered a message, one he had been given, one he had been taught during the three years he spent training under Jesus’ tutelage. Again we have the effect of enlightenment that came from the Holy Spirit’s presence. Pieces of a puzzle coming together and a total picture emerging, a picture of God’s love and provision for His creation. Peter’s message held three key elements that hold promise for all, for all time. One, repent; feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one’s wrongdoing. Two, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness. Implies that we need forgiveness for the sins we repent of and that can be found in Christ, through his death and resurrection. With baptism we acknowledge our sin condition and publicly confess our repentance and acceptance of Christ’s forgiveness. Third, we receive the Holy Spirit’s presence into our lives. When we open the door to accept the message Peter delivers, the Holy Spirit is able to do the work of God in our lives. It all begins with acceptance of the message.