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Acts 3:11-4:12 – The one through whom all things are restored

The sign performed by Peter and John led to the people being utterly astounded – a phrase which implies observation but not understanding. Peter states that the lame man has been healed by Jesus. He identifies Jesus as the one whom the people killed in ignorance but whom God has glorified. There is the contrast between their having chosen Barabbas a taker of life and having rejected Jesus the author of life.

The people are urged to repent and if they do then their sins will be blotted out, and times of refreshing will come from the presence of the Lord, and that he will send the Christ appointed for them. Peter further identifies Jesus as the “prophet like Moses” who would reveal God even more fully than Moses had and the heir of the promise to Abraham that through him all nations would be blessed.

Peter says similar things before the Sanhedrin when Peter and John are arrested. He concludes with the statement that “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be save”.

The good news then is that God has delivered an alternative verdict concerning Jesus to the [people of Jerusalem. They rejected him but God has vindicated him by raising him from the dead, exalting him and through signs and wonders. All of this points to the fact that it is through Jesus, and Jesus alone, that the restoration of all things comes. Therefore, people must repent to receive the fulfilment of these promises on their lives.