But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
Just before this, the Jews that Peter was speaking to had accused he and the other Apostles of being drunk and disorderly. This is sort of a hostile crowd, in other words. Peter stands up on behalf of Truth, his God and his fellow Apostles and begins the sermon that will lead to the salvation of 3,000 souls (Acts 2:41).
But wait…wasn’t Peter also the guy who denied the Lord three times? Doesn’t that make him a hypocrite? Doesn’t that disqualify him from telling others they are sinners?
It does if you listen to people today. People today are quick to point at the preacher and say “he’s not perfect either!” as though the imperfection of one excuses the imperfections of another. The reality is, we ALL need the Gospel message, and sometimes the preacher needs it just as much as the audience.
So remember, the next time the preacher steps on your toes as he preaches the sermon, he stepped on his own when he wrote the sermon. Don’t worry about how anyone else measures up to you, worry about measuring up to the Bible that God gave you to guide you to faithful living.