Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “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. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying,“Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
I’m not certain I need to be cut to the heart, but I am certain that it is not a common experience for me. Of course we did not crucify Jesus, as had those people gathered there. Nor have we accused those who are God’s messengers of being filled with new wine; some had done that as well.
But an honest self assessment will yield plenty of reasons to stand with these people and acknowledge a deep need for God’s mercy. The most wonderful part of this is that when we do acknowledge our need, God pours out his grace in abundance: forgiveness, the gift of the Holy Spirit, a sure promise for you and your children. What a blessing awaits those who acknowledge their need for God’s forgiveness and believe his promise of grace in Jesus.