June 21, 2015

Evensong Reflection – Trinity 3

Passage: Acts 2:22-42
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Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart; be always acceptable in thy sight, / O Lord, my strength and my redeemer”

Tonight’s Second Lesson describes the first sermon by Saint Peter in the Acts of the Apostles. This action is the first significant Act, if you will, of the “AD” period, and is known as Peter’s “Pentecostal Sermon”. We are told that Peter preached to the Jews, using the prophecies to demonstrate that Christ was indeed the Messiah. He refers to King David’s prophecies, among others. The historical significance of this is immense. This is the point where – at least some – of the people who had Christ crucified realize exactly what has happened. The effect of this is described as the conversion of three thousand people to Christ. Their iniquity is pardoned, and they are re-born to everlasting life. We must ask ourselves - If this mass conversion had not happened, what then? Would our faith have survived? So this is a significant event in the history of the early Church, and indeed the event that makes possible everything that has  happened since. ...

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