Sometimes in a game or sports people might ask for a “do-over,” the chance to make a better go at something. The expression has even been ruefully used to express the desire to get a second chance at a particularly bad day.
When the apostle Peter addressed the crowds that were astounded at the crippled man’s healing, he pointed out to them that they shouldn’t be so amazed because the power belonged to the same God who had raised Jesus from the dead. Peter did not hold anything back. He told the crowd that they had killed Jesus but God raised him, and that the apostles were witnesses of this. He was not just speaking symbolically either. It’s entirely possible that many in that crowd of people took a personal part in condemning Jesus and rallying for his death.
Talk about the need for a do-over!
But then, in verse 19, Peter goes on to reassure them that they still have the chance to repent and to get a fresh start with God, and despite everything we’ve done, we are given the same chance today.
Thank you, Lord, that we don't have to stay stuck in the mistakes and bad decisions of our past. Each day with you is a fresh start. Amen. — DLG