St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church

Confident Future

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Acts 2:38-39—Peter replied, “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. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

The future seems to be a mixed bag lately. Some are very confident. Some are cautious. Some are downright doomsday. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, there is a lot of the future that seems very cloudy these days. Even after the governor released his Badger Bounce Back plan, which was good to finally see some sort of plan, I still see a lot of holes—a lot of unanswered questions. Maybe you do too.

The first lessons in the season of Easter are always from the book of Acts. This week’s reading is part of Peter’s great Pentecost sermon. Just before the verses included in this devotion, Peter cut the people to the heart with soul-crushing law. He laid the blame of Jesus’ death at their feet, and rightly so. What do you think the future looked like to people who just heard that they put to death the very Son of God and their Savior??? Certainly only terror and the certainty of hell!

What we read today is Peter’s response to their terror and their very real doomsday future.
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.

But Peter didn’t stop there. He didn’t just provide God’s solution for the here and now. God’s solution for the future is one that is eternal. One that is bright and beautiful!
The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.

Peter speaks confidently of the future for himself, us, our children, our grand-children, and all who follow after us who will be called by the Lord! You have been called into God’s family through your baptism. God called you by name and promised you a future here on earth that will certainly be a life under the cross, but one where he will give you all you need to bring you safely home to heaven. And that is the difference maker—heaven. Heaven is yours because Jesus has forgiven all your sins. Jesus paid the price. Jesus gives you his righteousness. Jesus calls you to be his own. Jesus has won the victory. Therefore, you can be confident of your future.

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