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Acts 2:22-36 – The Lord one needs to call upon

Lord to be saved. The second part of Peter’s sermon recounts who is the Lord is that one needs to call upon.

Peter identifies the Lord as Jesus of Nazareth who was arrested by God with mighty works and wonders and signs. Whereas Joel had spoken of signs and wonders in terms of judgement God, in Jesus God had worked signs and wonders in the miracles of grace Jesus had performed.

Jesus had been delivered up and killed according to the definite plan and for knowledge of God. God then raised Jesus in fulfilment of David’s words in Psalm 16. In this Psalm, David speaks of the future assurance that God would not abandon his holy person to the grave to see corruption. Instead God would make known to him the parts of life and joy in his presence. Peter makes it clear that the Psalm was not referring to David who had died and been buried and whose tomb still existed. David was pointing to the Christ.

Peter again declares that God has raised Jesus from the dead and the apostles are witnesses of this resurrection. He then states that the pouring out of the Holy Spirit is the work of Jesus who is seated at the right hand. Therefore, the Lord to whom Israel needs to call out for salvation is the same one whom they crucified but whom God has made both Lord and Christ. This places Israel in a significant place of difficulty – how can they be saved if they must call out to the one whom they killed?

This passages helps us by reminding us who Jesus is – the Lord, God’s Holy One, the one through whom God works grace, the only one through whom we can be saved, the one who was not abandoned to decay in a grave, the one who pours out God’s Spirit and people. All these reflections on the person called Jesus of Nazareth ought to cause us to give thanks as we declare Him.