With Easter Sunday approaching you may find yourself during this season of Lent contemplating the weightness and severity of it all. As a result, you may be left with some questions. How can a sinner like me ever be truly saved? How could I be a disciple of Jesus? Part of the answer to these question can be found in an angry mob and their unexpected end.
Our story starts in court. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” Jn. 19:14-15. NIV. After his death, burial and subsequent resurrection, Jesus appears to his followers and gives one last command “Go therefore and make disciples.” Matt. 28:19
That’s exactly what they do! On the heels of having received the promised baptism of the Holy Spirit in the second chapter of Acts, we find Peter delivering a soul-stirring proclamation of the Gospel.
“Men of Israel [Jews] …Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God…as you yourselves know - this Jesus…you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.” Acts 2:22-23. We read next that “…When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart…“Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized…”. Acts 2:37-38.
Incredible as it may sound some of those in the angry mob who chanted, demanding that Christ the Son of God be butchered, became themselves a few of the first recipients of His amazing grace. God called to discipleship some of the very men responsible for the death of His Son. The answer to the question who can be a disciple of Jesus is simple. Anyone God calls. Thankfully His call doesn’t depend on our character, but His love and grace.
“and about three thousand were added to their number that day.”(Acts 2:41)…and so the church began with a transformed mob of unlikely disciples.
Father God, thank you that you’re not limited by the sins of my past, present or future. That my eternal destiny doesn’t finally depend on my worthiness, but your willingness. Not my greatness, but your grace. Strengthen and guide me Holy Spirit to help make disciples of all nations for your Glory. In Jesus name I pray, amen.
By: Ruben J. Campos
Read the previous devotional here.