When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:37-38)
Pastor John’s Notes:
When the Day of Pentecost came, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the believers and they were able to speak in other languages. They proclaimed to everyone gathered in the Temple that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. When Peter preached this message, the people of Jerusalem asked him “What should we do?” He told them to repent and be baptized.
Entrance into the kingdom of God requires us to repent of our sin. Repentance is more than saying we are sorry; it involves the intention to live a new life. True repentance is demonstrated in action. Baptism is the first act, a public act of repentance whereby we declare before others both our sorrow for sin and our intention to live for Christ. Those who were baptized that day, 3000 in number, were declaring their loyalty to Jesus Christ as their Messiah and king. So must we.
Lord, I repent of my sin, of the ways I have lived that are in defiance to your will. Thank you for the sign of baptism, which signifies both my repentance of sin and my pledge of loyalty to your kingdom. Let my baptism be a perpetual reminder of my citizenship in your kingdom.