This story takes place in the time following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, when the early church was taking shape and reaching new people by preaching the good news of Christ.
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism 35 but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36 You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
37 You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 39 “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40 but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41 He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.
43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
When have you told the story of God’s mighty deeds in your life?
What opportunities do you see to tell of God’s power, announce the forgiveness of sin, and proclaim the resurrection?
O God, your blessed Son manifested himself to his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open, we pray, the eyes of our faith, that we may behold him in all his redeeming work; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, we pray. Amen.