... part of what Peter said when he “stood up” (see yesterday).
He had told the crowd about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and how he believed that it had all been part of God’s overall plan ... but that they had missed it!
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptised, 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."
Another personal parable ... with a purpose ... I hope!
I don’t have Sat Nav ... never have ... some of you, ironically, will already know where this story is going.
A husband and wife conversation whilst driving on the way to a wedding some time ago ... after a “little” navigational issue!
Fiona (my wife) ... Nick do you know where you are going?
Fi: would it not be better to stop and ask somebody?
Fi: I am sure we passed the right turning several miles back
Fi: Really! we need to turn around!
1 hour later ... having taken several wrong turns ... quite a bit of zig zagging, I eventually stopped and asked a local resident and turned around.
... stony silence in the car!
By Fiona’s patience and grace we are still together! ... we “just” made the wedding ... although I am not sure either of us remember much about it!
A trivial example perhaps ... but as Jesus taught, it is in the small every day things that we can we find lessons about the eternal.
(although, Jesus certainly did not teach “the parable of the stubborn eejit in the car!”)
The word “Repent” literally means to turn around.
To realise One’s life is going the wrong direction.
One’s thinking needs to Change.
One’s Actions need to Change.
Often with deep regret and sorrow.
“they were cut to the heart”
“What must we do?” they said
I honestly believe that there is a repentance of old ways going on with many just now.
But the trick of turning around, when one has that personal revelation, is then to head in the right direction. How daft to change from one wrong direction to another wrong direction!
Zig zagging is not good!
Peter urges them to identify with the teaching, life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
My personal experience, a bit like that journey, is that when I eventually swallow my pride, admit I am lost, turn around to God ... I receive mercy and grace ... and in God's timing will arrive “just” in time at the place I was always meant to be ... the wedding feast!