Text: Acts 5 (Deuteronomy 33-34)
In Acts 5, Peter addresses the ruling council. Speaking of Jesus’ death and resurrection, he tells them:
The God of our fathers raised Jesus, whom you killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Savior (Acts 5:30-31)
These words must have brought great discomfort to the council members (after all, they are the ones who killed Jesus). But these are words of comfort for us. Jesus is both our Lord (leader) and our Savior. He saved us by His death, but He did not stay dead. Now risen, He is our King. The word translated “leader” here can also mean “author.” Imagine – Jesus is not only in charge, but He is writing the story… the story of all of history, and the story of your life and mine. What comes next in our lives is under His command and care – and He is the leader and author who loves us so much that He died to save us. What comfort, what peace, what joy.
in Him, Mike