Murderers And The Death Penalty
When a crowd gathered in the Temple after Peter and John had healed a man lame from birth, Peter became a prosecuting attorney. The accused? Those who had murdered God’s Son. But in his close, does Peter call for the death penalty in the case of Jesus vs. the mob who murdered God’s Son? Listen to Peter,
“The God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers has glorified His Son Jesus, who you handed over and then denied face to face before Pilate. He had decided to release Jesus, but you repudiated the Holy and Righteous One. Instead of Jesus, you demanded the release of a murderer. You executed the source of life. God, on the other hand, raised him out of death. We are witnesses to this fact. And if you want further proof, see this man. You know him. It’s by faith in the Name of Jesus that this man, lame from birth, now stands before you strong and in perfect health.
But now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, just like your Jewish officials.” Acts 3:13-17
There is a softening in Peter’s message. The crowd didn’t clearly figure out who Jesus actually is, and this ignorance of the facts might give them a chance. Why did the Jewish prophets prophesy that the Messiah must suffer? What would happen if those who murdered the Messiah repented and turned away from their sinful rejection?
These are the questions Peter will go on and answer in tomorrow’s Devo.
LORD, help me to never forget that without your gracious gift I too would still be in the crowd cursing and murdering the only One who can give us life.
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