“Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted to the crowd, ‘Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this’” (Acts 2.14 NLT).
Jesus finished His ministry, died on the cross, show Himself resurrected to the multitude and ascended to the right hand of the Father. Now it was time for the apostles to take over the work that Jesus began on earth. Peter, Jesus’ passionate yet imperfect friend and disciple, began the great work of building the Body of Christ, the Church. Once the Holy Spirit was imparted to our reconciled world, Peter stood up boldly, opened His mouth and gave testimony to all the information his heart and mind had gathered over the years. He needed to bear witness to everything Jesus meant to Him and relate his understanding to the audience that God had given him. This too is our mission. There is a lot about faith and Christianity that may seem confusing or difficult, but the main focus of our days is to give testimony to what Jesus means to us and what He has done in our lives. Some people will be loud like Peter. Others will be quiet like the Apostle John, but they all bear witness to Jesus in their own personal way. The power of God through the blood of Jesus Christ will also bear witness on our behalf when we take that step of faith and use our words and actions to proclaim the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
“They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death” (Revelation 12.11 NIV).