Saturday, May 1, 2010
They were silenced
We have been talking about what it means to be an Easter people and we have been doing that by looking at the Book of Acts. The early church lived out being that resurrection people in a particular way. A way that I have said is a product of the miracle of the resurrection. The early church was a new people. In Acts 11 we see that the Apostle Peter went to Jerusalem and had to explain himself. When he recounted what had transpired a miracle happened. A miracle that reflects this Easter people of the early church. It says in Acts 11.18: "When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, 'Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.'" We can see that the Holy Spirit had changed the early church so that they could see God doing a new thing. And when they saw God doing a new thing they were open to that new thing. This is the miracle ----- the gumption to acknowledge we serve the living Lord. The Lord that can even take Gentiles and give them the repentance that leads to life.