Read Acts 2:1-24.

Peter’s life was marked by several key moments with Jesus. These moments forever changed Peter, pushing him into greater dependence on the Lord and making his life more impactful to those around him.

The first of these, of course, was the day Jesus called him to be one of His twelve disciples. That day, Peter obeyed Jesus, casting his nets even when he knew there were no fish, and then he hauled in the biggest catch of his life. It was so large that the nets began to break, and it took two boats to bring all the fish to shore.

Realizing that Jesus was no ordinary teacher, Peter fell down and confessed, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” (Luke 5:8). But Jesus reassured him, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people” (v. 10).

But there was another time in Peter’s life that transformed him even more. It was the day he received a second chance from the Lord. After that terrible string of denials in the courtyard of the high priest’s home, Peter was a broken man. He was filled with anguish and sorrow for what he had done. But it wasn’t just regret; he repented. We know this because, when Jesus rose from the dead, He invited Peter back into the fold.

With his second chance from God, Peter was a new man. In the book of Acts, we are told that on the day of Pentecost, he stood up and gave a magnificent sermon, pointing to the Old Testament to show that Jesus is Lord and Savior. Three thousand people came to Christ (see Acts 2:41). This was not a private affair. This was out in the open, in the middle of Jerusalem. The same Peter who was once afraid to tell anyone he knew Jesus was now proclaiming the Gospel to thousands!

Later on, when he and the other apostles were beaten and imprisoned, he was “rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name” (5:41). From there, Peter continued to serve the Lord for the remainder of his days. The brash fisherman who had lived in fear became a mighty man of God.

My friend, that’s the power of the second chance offered by the resurrected Jesus, and He can give it to you today. If you’re truly repentant, God will transform your life.

Prayer: Lord, I praise You that You are the God of second chances—You are the Redeemer. Thank You that You redeem my life from the pit and allow me to participate in Your redemptive work in the world. May I be a light to others, leading them to the hope of the Gospel. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say’” (Acts 2:14).

 

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.


Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.


The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.


He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.



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