The DEEP

You Are Witnesses Too

Who you gonna believe? Your lyin' eyes?

Acts 2:29-36 (ESV)

“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”’ Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Peter wraps up his sermon by connecting all the dots. David, being therefore a prophet, …  foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ. … This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.

“But y’all are witnesses too.” Peter adds that this Jesus, being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.

This really puts the screws to the audience. He’s challenging them to explain what they’re seeing. He’s playing off the mockers’ claim that it’s new wine. He’s effectively asking, “Well, which is it?”

But Peter has one more surprise up his sleeve; the Messiah isn’t the one they were expecting. He’s not just the Holy One David had been waiting for; He’s the Lord. For David … says, “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’”

Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ.


We’re often told to, “Accept Jesus as your savior.” What happened to, “Lord”? Aren’t we supposed to confess Him as Lord?

Yes, and we’re supposed to be serious about it.

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 7:21 (NIV)

Do you consider Jesus your Lord, or merely you savior? If it’s the latter, deepen your commitment. Confessing Christ isn’t a one-time thing anyway; we should “pledge allegiance” every day. Declare your allegiance to the Lord of the universe. He’s Lord of the universe anyway, whether you confess it or not.

You don’t accept Jesus; you follow him.


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Mike Slay

As a mathematician, inventor, and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America, Mike Slay brings an analytical, conversational, and even whimsical approach to the daily study of God's Word.