Ours is the age that produced the H-bomb, germ warfare and the ever-increasing threat of human annihilation. Ours is the age of airport bombings, X-rated movies and incredible political skullduggery.
We have so scarred and seared our collective conscience that we would undoubtedly — as a people — kill Jesus Christ should He appear in the human flesh and indict us for our sins.
Listen! Over 1900 years ago a generation very similar to ours had literally done this very thing. But through logical, powerful and heartfelt preaching — and through direct miracles — thousands began to realize the wretchedness of their lives.
They began to see that their "establishment" — religious and political — their society, their grown-up "playhouse" was a sick and wretched thing, and that it had infected them personally and individually.
For their generation had killed the promised Messiah!
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly," Peter said, "that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ" (Acts 2:36).
Several thousand people of that generation were intellectually and spiritually honest. They were willing to face the fact that they, personally, had become callous and sinful and guilty before their God. They needed help and forgiveness even as we now do in this generation.
Those people were "pricked in their heart, and said... Men and brethren, what shall we do?" (Verse 37.)
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost [Spirit]" (Acts 2:38).
This scripture sums up in one verse just exactly what steps a sinner has to take to become reconciled to His Creator.
An in-depth explanation into the profound meaning of Acts 2:38 — phrase by phrase — is contained in the following articles.
In the Name of Jesus Christ
For the Remission of Sins
Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit