Radical. This is radical.
In a very Jewish crowd, (and I say, “very Jewish,” because these are not only Jews, but Jews on their way up to the Temple at the hour of prayer,) conversion to belief in Jesus Christ has taken place among thousands.
While we do not know how many were present that day, we do know from Luke’s meticulous accounting that “about five thousand” men came to faith in Christ that day. (This of course means there could have also been more women and children over and above that number.)
This is staggering when you realize these five thousand men are in addition-to the three thousand that were added to the number of believers on the Day of Pentecost. In a very short period of time eight thousand have been added to the church.
In a word – it’s radical. In another word, it’s ‘revival.’
The Jewish people were not without faith in something. Faith was not the issue. They believed in God, and these believed in God to the extent they were ‘religiously’ keeping the hour of prayer, which only the most-sincere practitioners of the Jewish faith would do.
But they were practicing a dead faith. There was only the monotony of routine and tradition to underpin their faith. While this can be very exhilarating and even exciting at times, with all the pomp and circumstance, celebration and the smell of the sacrifice and the incense, underneath it all, there is nothing. Inherently the people always know this. Belief is a matter of doing what has always been done because it has always been done in the family I was born into. Why we believe what we believe is the great unanswered question. We do this because we always have.
Revival begins to break out when the question hearts begin to see the answers to are the questions that have always been there but haven’t even been asked.
The reality is the ONLY way the Jewish faith makes any logical sense is when you know it leads to Jesus Christ. It is only in Christ the Jewish faith becomes complete.