Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.Acts 3:19-21
In Acts 3 Peter was giving his sermon. He told the crowd plainly they had crucified Jesus, so now they must repent. We are no less guilty! We have crucified Jesus with our willful sins. We have crucified Jesus with our ignorant omissions! It is for sure we pushed the thorns on His head, swung the whip, and pounded in the nails.
Peter’s words are no less powerful today. Our response is to be no different. REPENT. The Greek word for repent means “to change the mind and think differently”. The question is not if you are guilty or not guilty. The question is if you will change your mind regarding your sin, agree with God you have sinned and purpose in your mind and heart to ‘go and sin no more’ by His power and grace.
In our passage today repentance leads to three most beautiful outcomes! First, your sins are blotted out. The word here means to totally and completely remove, wipe away and obliterate! God loves to pardon and cleanse the humble heart! Oh sinner, you can come away from time with your Lord today SINLESS.
The second blessing that always follows confession and repentance is ‘times of refreshing’. We often seek times of refreshing from the Lord without true repentance. God will never bless our lukewarm expressions of faith!
Then the final and best blessing! The very Presence of the Lord! Ah there is nothing so sweet as Jesus Himself in your midst. His affirming and loving Presence will supply your every need and totally satisfy your soul. Brother or Sister, spend much time in repentance and watch how swiftly Christ will come to inhabit your soul, your church, your world.
Agree with the command of God through the prophet Isaiah. “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.