10:34 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality,
10:35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.
10:36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all.
10:37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced:
10:38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.
10:39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree;
10:40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear,
10:41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.
10:42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead.
10:43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
The work the was done through the sacrifice of Jesus was sufficient for the forgiveness of sins, yet the gospel story is not over. In fact, the story is almost just begun. Once Jesus leaves the earth to sit at the right hand of the Father, He sends the Holy Spirit to all who will accept Him as Lord. Now the work begins. Jesus’ followers must now take this gospel message to the ends of the earth. It is not enough that we receive salvation but that we share the free gift of salvation with others.
This post Easter week, do not just simply rejoice that Jesus is alive but encourage others, who may not believe, to seek the face of God. For, all who seek the Lord will find Him.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. (Proverbs 8:17)
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