GodReflection: God Breaks In Monday
It was an announcement by God.
Only once before in the history of the world God made an announcement that paralleled this one. The first announcement was a precursor to the second. I doubt that Eve and Adam caught its significance at the time.
The back-story is the deceit of Satan and the fall of humankind. Eve and Adam fell into the lie of Satan. They broke trust with God. God makes His announcement as he pronounced Eve’s curse:
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
God announced His plan for eternity.
His work to destroy Satan and death through Jesus begins. That means His dream of eternal life for His creation also begins.
For millennia upon millennia, God’s plan builds in anticipation of the divine moment for the fulfilled announcement that was to change eternity.
Anticipation grows with a manger birth and angelic broadcasts. Suspicion grew as the man Jesus taught like no other man and illustrated his teaching by signs and wonders.
Death, burial, resurrection, and ascension, prepared the stage for the grand announcement.
It was the Day of Pentecost. God fearing Jews from every nation under heaven were in Jerusalem. Luke lists at least 16 different languages. The sound of violent wind, flames of fire, clear communication with everyone hearing their own language indicate something big was about to take place.
“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
When the people heard the grand announcement, Luke could only describe their reaction as “cut to the heart.”
God through Peter gave them and everyone who’s lived since the divine desired response.
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
I read where those who accepted his message immediately sought baptism, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
It’s neat to think that for the past two thousand plus years the patience of God continues to break into our lives repeatedly and call out to His creation with the greatest announcement made in the history of eternity.
My second obligation is to stand ready to share the eternal announcement with others. I still get excited to see God break into hearts of His beloved creation with the announcement of eternal life and witness a submissive response of death, burial, and resurrection from baptismal waters.
In gratitude for the gift of life now and forever, my only response is heart love to God and to demonstrate that love—just as God did for me—by treating others with their best interest in mind.
That’s an announcement of God saving grace that is worthy of breaking into the lives of others don’t you think?
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks In With An Announcement.