Our scripture this week is Acts 2:1-21.
I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Peter uses a teaching tool that Jesus used often. He quotes from a scripture passage that the people would be familiar with to focus them, then moves into what he wants them to hear. This reading from the prophet Joel speaks of the end times and that by calling on the Lord, we may be saved.
Peter has been inspired by the Holy Spirit and he remembers how the teachings of Jesus reached the people. He is beginning to fulfil his role as a leader of the faith community and the voice of the disciples. Even though he earlier ran from his relationship with Christ, he has been forgiven, renewed and now serves the risen Savior by sharing the Gospel.
Even if we have failed before, Jesus is willing to pick us up, comfort us and send us out again to do His work in the world. “Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer” the old hymn teaches. When we pray to be forgiven, we can be made whole and still be part of the plan God has for creation.
Gracious God, we are frail and prone to failure. Help us to seek Your mercy when we fall, that we may return to Your service, bringing the Good News to everyone. Amen.