The beautiful thing is that even though Jesus is both Lord and
Messiah, we have to understand that He has not done the work of the
Messiah until He is crucified and risen from the dead. He was indeed
the Messiah, as He stood there day after day preaching in the temple
and in the area of Judea and Galilee.
Yet because He had not done the work, none of the people who heard his
preaching were able yet to be saved. No one was saved by the preaching
of the Lord. None of the disciples were. They did not even understand
it. But when the Holy Spirit descended upon them, then suddenly
everything that he had said to them made sense. And what made sense
more than anything else was that Jesus had to go to Jerusalem to
suffer, to die, and then rise again on the third day. Had He not done
that, none of us could be saved.
These people, on the other hand, who heard Peter, heard his preaching
and they believed. They believed what he had said and therefore they
We need to ask the same question as these people when they heard Peter
speak: “What are we to do?” We have already been baptized. So that is
not the problem. But it is the other part: simply to believe that God
has made both Lord and Messiah this Jesus whom we crucified.