April 26, 2022 – Tuesday
Acts 13:24-25 NIV
24 Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel.
25 As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.
The above is Paul preaching the good news of Jesus to Jews and Gentiles alike at a place called Pisidian Antioch – the ruins today within the Isparta Province of Turkey. He and his companions were in the synagogue of the time and Paul continued by saying v26, Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent, and then told the story of Jesus including His crucifixion and how He rose from the dead..
Paul began by speaking about John the Baptist because all four gospels looked upon the coming of John as the beginning of the gospel due to John’s testimony. Look at Matthew 1:1-12, at Mark 1:1-8, at Luke 3:1-18, and at John 1:6-8, 15-36. When John preached the baptism of repentance, he will telling the people to repent in preparation fo the coming of the Messiah, the Christ.
John’s message prepared the way for the entry of Jesus into the milieu of Israel and especially for what would follow after Jesus was crucified. That Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross paid the price for mankind’s sins and if each man or woman would repent of their sins believing Jesus had paid that price, believe He had risen from the dead, they could call upon Him as their Lord and Savior and be saved.
Bottom Line: Repentance and accepting that Jesus has already paid the price for ones sins are two sides of the same coin. And He did it out of His and His Father’s love for all of us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am so thankful for Your love that goes beyond my comprehension whenever I think upon it. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton