Scripture - Acts 3:14-15 - You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
Theme - The Crowds Deceived
Devotion - Todays verses present a couple of challenges to us. The first challenge is the way that historically Church and political powers both have perverted Peter's sermon for the condemnation of Jewish people and the Jewish faith. The challenge is to re-tell this story in such as way as to not continue that malicious misrepresentation of Peter's sermon. Peter is not rejecting his own people.
The second challenge comes from the truth Peter is telling the crowds. Peter reveals to the crowd the choice they have made in rejecting Jesus. Shaped by Roman rule and its inherant violence, manipulated by political leaders interested in their personal power and deceived by religious leaders whose desire was political influence, the crowds had voted against their own interests, & chosen against their own well-being. In today's verse Peter reveals to the crowds their sin. Instead of listening to God incarnate they listened to political and religious charlatans. Instead of claiming Jesus, they chose a murderer. Instead of choosing peace and wholeness they remained mired in violence and suffering.
Peter's sermon invites the church and disciple in every time and place to always carefully discern the authorities they trust. It reminds us that security and success in the Kingdom of God are built on love and justice, wholeness and community. It invites us to confess the ways that we can be lead astray, both hope in God but give our allegiance to earthly powers, proclaim Jesus and then live in ways not in keeping with mission to gather, heal & love.
Prayer - Teach us Lord that you reveal the truth, the sometimes unsettling truth, out of your great love for us. You have created and called us to be partners in your creativity and allies in your rescue of the abused and suffering. When we fail to cooperate and even work against your mission, call to us, come to us and lead us back to you, your will and your way.
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