So unlike the Peter of even yesterday . . .
Hiding in a room safe from the crowds . . .
Waiting for he knew not what . . .
Now filled with such power that the crowd is stilled before his words . . .
Powerful Peter . . .
but even Peter does not stand alone . . .
The eleven are with him . . . at his side . . .
There are no cowboys in God’s kingdom
Not even This Peter. . . quoter of prophets . . .
Himself now a prophet of the Most High . . .
This Peter who cowered and ran from the crowds now seeks their attention . . Demands their listening ears . . .
And he reminds them of what they already know . . .
A day will come . . .
A day when God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh . . .
On everybody . . .
Even those with umbrellas . . .
On that day, boys and girls, will be prophets
and teenagers will have visions
and old folks will have dreams
and even the poorest of the poor . . .
the nothings and nobodies
will have prophecies to tell . . .
And creation itself will be a prophet of God . . .
Bringing signs and wonders of things to come . . .
And everybody that calls out to God . . .
Will . . . be . . . rescued . . .
What has been promised is no longer a tomorrow-thing . . .
it’s a here-and-now thing . . .
And this Peter is the first one to tell of it . . .
he will not be the last . . .
But he is the first . . .
And the crowd listened . . . at least some of them . . .
people from all over the known world of the time . . .
Listened and heard
Each in their own language
it was impossible
yet it happened
God’s attention-getters are always humdingers . . .
Yet understanding the words did not breed true understanding in everyone . .
For some, it was enough, this hearing in their own language . . .
For others, one suspects, nothing would ever be enough . . .
The old saying, ‘seeing is believing’ gets turned on its head . . .
And suddenly . . .
Believing is seeing . . .
And so we’re left to wonder . . .
Did those who sneered understand?
Or did they only hear nonsense noise?
This Peter . . .
This crowd . . .
This Jesus . . .
This Jesus whom you crucified . . .
He’s the One . . . Messiah . . . Anointed One . . .
Doer of miracles . . .
Crucified and killed by his own flesh . . .
Raised up from the dead by God
Foretold by David and Joel, and people of old . . .
This Jesus . . .
God’s promise . . .
Exalted at God’s right hand – the spot of honor . . .
God has made him Lord and Messiah . . .
This one you crucified . . .
This Jesus . . . He is the One . . .
The crowd in Peter’s day believed a Messiah would come . . .
Most just didn’t believe it was Jesus . . .
In our day it’s the opposite . . .
Most, even Christians, believe Jesus came . . .
We just don’t believe much in Messiahs anymore . . .
I wonder . . .
Do we know the Messiah when we hear him?
Or do we just think it’s the wind?