Pentecost was set against the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that allowed the people of different tongues understand each other’s languages (Acts 2:1-13). They were so amazed and perplexed that some thought they were drunk.
Against this setting, the disciple Peter stepped forward to address the crowd (Acts 2:14-37). The choice of Peter may have been a strange one to some. This was the same Peter who had denied knowing Christ three times (Luke 22:31-34). However, all this was already known to Christ. Jesus had prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail and be able to strengthen his brothers.
Peter denied Christ but this was not the end of his story. With the transformational power of the Holy Spirit, Peter was able to step forward to give the first ‘sermon’ on Pentecost.
WHAT WILL YOU DO
The transformational power of the Holy Spirit has been poured out on you for God’s definite plan for you. No one is left out unless they choose to be left out. God knows beforehand of our weaknesses and failings, but he still has a plan to empower us with the Holy Spirit. Would you choose not to be left out?
But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” – Titus 3:4-7 NIV