“Lord and Christ”

After His death on the cross, Jesus arose from the dead, and later ascended back into heaven where He was exalted to the Father’s right hand (Acts 2:22-39).  In the first “Christian” sermon, the apostle Peter demonstrated from Israel’s Psalter (Psalm 16, 110) that the Messiah was to be raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of God.  In this way, he was proclaiming to the predominately Jewish audience that Jesus of Nazareth was their promised Messiah.  Though they had crucified Him, God made Him both Lord and Christ (2:36).  Therefore, Peter urged them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.  To repent is to “change the mind.”  They were to change their minds about Jesus – He was not a criminal; He was the Lord from heaven!  They were to change their minds regarding sin – instead of living in it, they must turn from it.  Have you turned to Christ from your sins, and experienced the forgiveness only He can provide?  Come to Christ today!