ImmerseMessiah NLT - Page 75

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the wonderful things God has done!” They stood there amazed and perplexed. “What can this mean?” they asked each other.
But others in the crowd ridiculed them, saying, “They’re just drunk,
that’s all!”
Then Peter stepped forward with the eleven other apostles and shouted
to the crowd, “Listen carefully, all of you, fellow Jews and residents of
­Jerusalem! Make no mistake about this. These people are not drunk, as
some of you are assuming. Nine o’clock in the morning is much too early
for that. No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:
‘In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.
In those days I will pour out my Spirit
even on my servants—men and women alike—
and they will prophesy.
And I will cause wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below—
blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
The sun will become dark,
and the moon will turn blood red
before that great and glorious day of the Lord arrives.
But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord
will be saved.’
“People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by
doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through him, as you well
know. But God knew what would happen, and his prearranged plan was
carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles,
you nailed him to a cross and killed him. But God released him from the
horrors of death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him
in its grip. King David said this about him:
‘I see that the Lord is always with me.
I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
No wonder my heart is glad,
and my tongue shouts his praises!
My body rests in hope.
For you will not leave my soul among the dead
or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.
You have shown me the way of life,
and you will fill me with the joy of your presence.’

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