Captive Audience

12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”

14 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. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! Acts 2:12-15

Have you ever witnessed something that just stuns you, where you ask, “What was THAT all about?”

God had poured out the Holy Spirit on His followers and there was a crowd of witnesses who were genuinely puzzled by the event. They had never seen anything like it but they were certainly listening to any answers that would help solve that question.

It’s an interesting scenario because to my knowledge, Peter was just an ordinary fisherman. A few weeks prior to this event he had stood up to lead his fellow Believers as they chose a twelfth disciple, he was not an accomplished public speaker.

But now his first “congregation” was in front of him, Jews who had just witnessed something remarkable, and in their mother tongue. Peter had a “captive audience.” They weren’t going anywhere because Peter was getting ready to tell them what they all wanted to know.

I recall having numerous captive audiences when I was in a foreign country. Many would ask, “Why are you here?”

Jesus himself had times like these as well. As the Son of God, He came from a Heaven above to this place called Earth. You can almost see the people scratching their heads, “Why did He leave His home in Glory for this?”

For three years He told them.

Throughout our days, we can have these moments as well, especially when we’re ministering to those in need. That extra mile we go for others could become a starting point for questions like these.

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