W.I.S.H. Post – February 9, 2022

W.I.S.H. – Weekly Insights for Spiritual Health 02-09-2022

Read:  Acts 3:12-15

 12 When Peter saw it, he addressed the people, “You Israelites, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we had made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our ancestors has glorified his servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him. 14 But you rejected the Holy and Righteous One and asked to have a murderer given to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.

Fifty days after Jesus’ resurrection on Easter God gave the gift of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.  The power of the Holy Spirit was necessary and much needed for the disciples to carry on Jesus’ work in the world.  In the above scripture we see how the Spirit empowered John and Peter to be instruments of Christ’s healing touch.  As the stunned crowd buzzed about this miracle, the Spirit then emboldened Peter to preach the gospel, having a powerful impact. 

In this passage Peter is boldly and rather confrontationally preaching the gospel.  He recounts how the crowd that gathered at Jesus’ trail in support of Jesus’ conviction had cheered for the release of Barabbas, a criminal, who was actually guilty of murder.  So there is a contrast, both at the trial, and highlighted in Peter’s preaching.  Peter reminds them that they called for a murderer to be released, and for the “Author of Life” to be condemned to death.  It’s a powerful contrast, and it is the springboard for Peter to proclaim the resurrection.

What images does the name “Author of Life” invoke for you?  It reminds me of the first chapter of the Gospel of John, which declares that Jesus is the Word, and that all things were created through Him.  “Author of Life” also causes me to remember a gift Ronda gave me that was special – a journal, a place to write down creative thoughts.  The Author of Life gives us the gift of life, and free will in this life, and a creative mind and imagination, and plenty of encouragement of love – and wants us to write the story of our life with Him. 

Shalom,

Pastor Rob Nystrom