17 “My fellow Jews, I realize that neither you nor your leaders realize the grave mistake you made. 18 But in spite of what you’ve done, God has fulfilled what he foretold through the prophets long ago about the sufferings of his Anointed One. 19 And now you must repent and turn back to God so that your sins will be removed, and so that times of refreshing will stream from the Lord’s presence. 20 And he will send you Jesus, the Messiah, the chosen one for you. 21 For he must remain in heaven until the restoration of all things has taken place, fulfilling everything that God said long ago through his holy prophets.
In our passage today, Peter is preaching in the temple about the God of Abraham and the work of God’s Son—Jesus the Messiah—on the cross. He tells the people to repent—to return home to God’s grace and truth. Peter explains God sent his Son to reveal the appointed time—the fulfillment of prophecy—for refreshing. The refreshing God brings through Christ is such an amazing gift—the cross begins the restoration of paradise within the hearts of believers and followers of Christ. If you have accepted Christ into your heart, the journey has begun. Praise God! Please continue to follow the Spirit as he reveals the Word manifesting in your life; only then can you experience the beauty and fulness of his love for you. Every day is a new day with Jesus; he wants to reveal his will for your life one day at a time.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the refreshing you continually bring my life. I am so grateful for the work you have been doing in my life to restore paradise in my heart. As you bring that refreshing, I begin to see more clearly your heart, as well as my destiny. In Jesus’ name. Amen.