Today’s Reading: Acts 2:37 (NKJV)
37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
How do you fix a heart problem? For many who suffer daily with coronary artery disease, this is the question of the hour. Diet, exercise, medications, and even surgery may be considered as viable options for the patient longing to survive. With the gifts of advanced medicine and all the treatment regimens available, sometimes even the best laid plans cannot thwart a heart attack, just waiting in the wings.
So what do we do with a broken heart?
Peter had addressed the issues succinctly that day, in front of thousands of men and brethren who had journeyed into the city for the upcoming festival. Each one of them had an underlying heart condition, and many did not even realize it existed until that moment. Like a silent heart attack just waiting to happen, we often think we are perfectly healthy until we find ourselves crumpled on the ground, unable to pick ourselves back up. Peter’s words about Jesus Christ had cut them to the very heart. For the first time, they realized they had sentenced and executed the Savior of the World. He was truly the Son of God. What could they possibly do to fix the irreversible damage?
Fortunately, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit had a different plan of attack. They knew there was nothing man could do to earn or deserve the grace that comes through His saving blood. Jesus willingly gave His life and poured out His blood so that every person with a heart condition could receive forgiveness for the sins they have committed in thought, word and deed against the Father. Christ's blood was enough to fix the worst heart conditions imaginable. Successful bypass surgery occurred that day when Jesus rose from the grave, healing every broken human heart who cried out to Him in faith. His gift is freely given to all, and now the time had come for all of us to receive by faith Jesus Christ’s amazing gift of a new and whole life.
Jesus is the only fix for your heart problem. All of us suffer with an underlying heart condition. It is the condition of sin. Christ paid the sin price for you and me at Calvary. When we seek His forgiveness by faith, the Son of God will completely heal your broken and bleeding heart, once and for all. Won’t you trust the Lord Jesus Christ to heal you today?
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO
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