If I had the ear of this entire generation for 15 Minutes.
The day of Pentecost 34 A.D.
Men and women from all over the world are crowded into Jerusalem. Suddenly 120 people pour out of an upper room with supernatural flames appearing over their heads and speaking in the local dialects of the thousands of foreigners visiting the city.
Whatever your view of the origin of the Church of Jesus here is the real story. It was not born in a musty guilt-ridden gathering. It is not the product of weak minds or social escapists. On this day it became clear that a truth would impose its reality on all cultures and all levels of society. It was born in plain sight of one of the most multicultural events of all time.
Skeptics can dredge up whatever failure of man done in the name of Jesus but it does not touch the power of the real source of the Gospel.
When it became obvious that a miracle has happened, Peter, the spokesman for the 120 begins to explain that this is the fulfillment of a prophecy that was given 753 years before. Joel 2:28 says, “I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh.”
He says in essence, “Our ability to speak your language is further proof of what has happened here in the last 4 years. Proof by healing miracles, proof by fulfilling over 200 direct predictions of the messiah and proof by the resurrection from the dead!”
They saw the flames over their heads, they heard them speak in such detailed accuracy and even accent of obscure tongues from their remote villages. But some still mocked and said that they were drunk. Some people will mock in the face of absolute proof but mocking Jesus does nothing to disprove Him.
Peter finishes with a heart-felt warning. He finishes with a warning. Acts 2: 40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” The Message Bible says it this way, “He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, “Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!”
In 37 more years Jerusalem would be totally destroyed. It was one of Jesus’ final predictions fulfilled in painful detail. I want you to get out of disaster: Every current crisis of the world is laid out in the Bible. Every cast member on the stage and plainly seen.
You may not have much in common with any Christians that you have met. But what you do have in common is problems and the need for love. You see the protests of the Occupy Movement and the extremes of many today. They are not just seeking justice on a natural plane but they are feeling the convulsions of their soul. They sense that our way of life is far more unnatural that we think.
Just because it is simple does not mean it is not absolutely true! Victory over any adversity may be found by living for Jesus Christ. Whatever you are going through, there is hope in Jesus.
God is real. Jesus is alive! He loves you and is concerned for your well-being. He is the absolute Reality on which all truth is ultimately grounded. His message for you and your world is contained in the collection of 66 books called The Bible. Its transcendent teachings have stood the test of time, the scrutiny of scholars and the furnace of practical experience. They speak not only about history but how to live today in every level and facet of life.
You must make a deliberate and conscious decision to surrender your life to Christ as your Lord and Savior.
What you must do:
Get real: You must face for the first time the truth about your wrong. To do this you must be utterly real. Many plead with God to prove He is real. The cure is in doing the very opposite: prove that you are real to God. God will not do business with people who do not mean business with Him. “He that covers his sins shall not prosper; but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” (Prov.28:13)
Repentance: “I confess that I am a sinner and I cannot save myself from sin.” True repentance means turning completely from your selfishness, with the determination to sin no more.
Faith: “I believe that God is real, and that Jesus Christ is His son. I freely confess He died on the cross for the penalty I deserved. I believe that I can receive both His forgiveness and a new life through the power of His Spirit living within me.” This act of faith is neither an idea or a feeling but an intelligent and deliberate act of the will. Give Him your doubts, your weakness and your loneliness. Your heart will never have peace, your doubts will never clear up, you will never get relief from the cruelty of this world until you trust, surrender, believe from your heart!
It is your turn to experience the power, proof and love of God that has given humanity for over 2,000 years.