Read Acts 13:13-41
“Let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you, and everyone who believes in Him is justified.” (vs. 38-39 HCSB)
Barnabas and Paul have traveled to Pisidian Antioch and on the Sabbath were asked to preach in the synagogue. “As Paul stood in the synagogue, he addressed Jews and those who believed in the God of Israel. He presented the gospel by rehearsing for them their history.’ ‘Beth states “I am convinced that Paul had a very specific purpose as he introduced Christ to the Jews through their own history.”(1)
Remember on the road to Damascus and the encounter Paul had with the Lord. He spent some time by himself to reflect and then returned to the Jews who were “baffled… proving that Jesus is the Christ.” (Acts 9:22) “In Arabia, Paul had been knitting together the old and the new and found the two strands of yarn to be a perfect match. Paul’s intention was to give the Jews in Pisidian Antioch a knitting lesson! He urged them to see how perfectly Christ knit the past with the present. They did not have to forsake their history. They just needed to accept the rest of the story!”(2)
“But Paul was such a prodigy of grace!’ ‘He charged the Jews with having executed their own Messiah with “no grounds” for what they did (vs. 28) yet he extended the invitation to any “brothers” (vs. 38) – fellow Jews – to receive forgiveness through Christ.”(3) He let them know that no matter what they could be forgiven. It is through Christ that they could find their forgiveness.
What about you! What about your history? Can you relate to a definite time in your life where God breathed “His-story” in you?
If you don’t believe in your future, look at your past… not to determine your future, but to know God who has brought you through the wilderness!
(1-3)Paul, 90 Days in His Journey of Faith/Beth Moore/B&H Publishing