“They bought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people……let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that He was healed by the powerful Name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead.””
Yesterday we discussed what it means to have been given the gift of the Holy Spirit, as promised by Jesus in His last words. On that wonderful day, on the day of Pentecost, almost 2000 years, God in His grace poured out His Spirit on the disciples gathered in prayer, and filled them with more of His presence, equipped them with Spiritual gifts, empowered them with ability to share Jesus with others, and the ability to have a deeper and closer walk with God. It is from that meeting, that the ‘church’ was birthed and from the ‘church’ missionaries were raised up to send the Gospel worldwide, a move which is still in action today.
Yet one of the most significant changes, after being filled and equipped by the Holy Spirit, is the change in the life of Peter. Before the gift of the Holy Spirit, Peter was like any other man. He bitterly denied Jesus three times, and after Jesus’ death returned to fishing, as if almost abandoning the commission Jesus had given him. Yet what is incredible, is that change that took place in Peter after the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Firstly in Acts 2 verse 14, we read that “..Peter stepped forward … and shouted to the crowds…” proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord, then again in Acts 2 verse 40 .. . “Peter continued preaching strongly for a long time..”, and in many other places, including in today’s passage. This is the same man who was so scared of the Pharisees that he completely denied even knowing Jesus.
When we are equipped with the right tools to share Jesus with others, our insecurities leave, and our weakness are made strong in Christ. May we all be filled with more of the Holy Spirit, daily, to preach Jesus with boldness and without fear!