Third Sunday in Easter, Old Testament Lesson, Year A
Scripture: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Note: for the Easter Season, readings from the Acts of the Apostles take the place of Old Testament Readings.
In this reading, Peter tells the crowd that they are responsible for the death of Jesus. Peter also tells the crowd that if they repent and are baptized in Jesus’ name they will be forgiven. Many of these people believe Peter so they repent and are then baptized in the name of Jesus. This results in the beginning of the church, now known as Pentecost. The season of Pentecost follows the season of Easter. These people followed Jesus Christ and admired Peter because he promised that God would save them if they repented. Establishing the Christian church was not easy and Peter and his followers took many risks by speaking up and telling others about the many great things that God and Jesus Christ had in store for them.