Acts 13:26–29 (ESV)
Paul and Barnabas at Antioch in Pisidia (Part 2)
26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. 27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand
the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 29 And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb.
In yesterday’s reading, Paul paints the picture of the Jewish history as he walks them, reminding them, of what God has done for them, and what they did for God. God showed a lot of grace and they showed a lot of rebellion. They have
fallen short, even with God leading them. In today’s lesson, Paul continues his speech and he dishes out the law. Lutherans are big on Law and Gospel. Many people confuse Law and Gospel. Law is basically everything you do for
God and Gospel is everything that God does for you. The Law does not save you, but it shows you that you are a sinner. You can never obey your way into heaven, buy your way, or earn your way to heaven. You will never be “good”
enough to get in. If you were “good enough”, then you don’t need Jesus. One sin blocks you from heaven and you were born with original sin. You need outside help. This is where the Gospel comes in. You didn’t
ask for Jesus to die on the cross to substitute his life for yours, but God did that for you. It is the Gospel that saves... Jesus life, death, and resurrection on the cross for the forgiveness of you sins. You did not ask for any of this, but
God did it because he loves you.
John 1:17 The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
2 Cor. 3:6The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
In the Law God commands good works of thought, word, and deed and condemns and punishes
sin. Rom. 3:20 Through the law we become conscious of sin. In the Gospel, the good news of our salvation in Jesus Christ, God gives forgiveness, faith, life, and the power to please Him with good works. John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. The Law needs to come first to show a person that they are a sinner and need to be saved. Then you give
the Gospel, like a lifeguard throwing a life ring to a drowning person. We need the Gospel. We can’t save yourself. If you are drowning, you can’t throw yourself a life ring. Jesus did through the cross.
In today’s reading, Paul gives them the law. "27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath,
fulfilled them by condemning him. 29 And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb." Paul is pointing out and giving them the Law, let’s see tomorrow if he gives them the
I pray: O Lord, help me to use the Law and Gospel in a way to reach out and share the love of Christ. Help me to always realize that it is not my righteousness that saves me, but Jesus righteousness.
Help me to share what Jesus has done for me, you, and the world. Amen.