This week, Pastor Chris continued in our Empowered series through the book of Acts. Chris shared how the Lord has a direct path for us for times of refreshment. We can only be refreshed when we are honest in our confession and genuine in our desire to turn away from sin. Repentance is meant to be a normal piece of our relationship with Jesus. It is only through the loving kindness of Jesus that we are enabled to turn away from our sin and find true refreshment.
Acts 3:11–14 (ESV)
11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s. 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him.
6 Things About Jesus
1. Jesus is the Suffering Servant – Jesus came to suffer. He came to serve us by taking on the wrath that we deserved. If your road is not founded on Jesus, your road is a faulty one.
Matthew 20:28 (ESV)
28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Acts 3:14 (ESV)
14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you,
2. Jesus is the Holy and Righteous One – When it’s all said and done, that Father will ask where our righteousness is. Any answer other than Jesus will be damning.
John 6:68–69 (ESV)
68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
Acts 3:15 (ESV)
15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses.
3. Jesus is the Author of Life – He came bringing life and He was killed. The good news is that He is fully alive.
Hebrews 12:2 (ESV)
2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Acts 3:16 (ESV)
16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.
4. Jesus is the Object of our Faith – In all other major religions, the object of faith is self.
Acts 3:17-18 (ESV)
17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled.
5. Prophecy is Fulfilled in Jesus
- Odds of being struck by Lightning 1 in 700,000.
- Odds of becoming a Movie Star 1 in 1,505,000.
- Odds of being Drafted by the NBA 1 in 6,864,000.
- Odds of being President of the USA 1 in 10,000,000.
- Odds of being attacked by a shark 1 in 11,500,000.
- Odds of Winning the Lottery 1 in 259,000,000.
Odds of a Man Fulfilling 8 Prophecies
1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000
Jesus Did (actually He fulfilled over 300)
6. Jesus is the Christ – Jesus means “God saves” and Christ is the anointed one.
Acts 3:19-26 (ESV)
19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”
Three Results of Repentance:
(1) Forgiveness of Sins.
(2) Times of Refreshing.
(3) Anticipation of the Second Coming.
- Condemnation says, “You are guilty go away from me.”
- Conviction says, “You have sinned, come near to me.”
- How is the gospel of Jesus different than the salvation promised by other major religions?
- Which of the 6 truths about Jesus is the most comforting for you?
- How does sin draw us away from Christian fellowship?
- How do we make repentance a lifestyle?
- Do you have a cold heart toward Jesus? Read Isaiah 53-54 this week to be reminded of the reality that Jesus suffered for you.
- Do you struggle to confess and repent of sin? Take this week to determine why, and make the decision to confess before the Lord and find times of refreshment.