“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36, NKJV)
Some people only want a “positive” Bible message. Yet, by its very nature, the gospel is not only and always positive. The gospel convicts sinners of sin. To do that, it must identify the presence of sin in our lives (Jno. 16:8). To tell people they are murderers is not how many say we should “win friends and influence people” for Christ (“that’s just way too negative!”). Yet, that is exactly what Peter and the other apostles told the crowd that day. They had murdered the Messiah. Christians who only want a feel good, positive approach to the gospel ought to reacquaint themselves with the suffering of Calvary, the horror of sin and the terror of the Lord. Sin and eternal death are positively negative! Without this “negative” part of the gospel, its positive power is gutted and the glory of salvation is dimmed. We better see the positive blessings of salvation in Christ when they are set in sharp contrast with the negative realities of sin. We must be willing to receive the reproof and rebuke of the gospel in order to be brought to faith and salvation.