They were amazed and bewildered. They asked one another, "What does this mean?"
But some people in the crowd made fun of the believers. "They've had too much wine!" they said.
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven. In a loud voice he spoke to the crowd. "My Jewish friends," he said, "let me explain this to you. All of you who live in Jerusalem, listen carefully to what I say.
You think these people are drunk. But they aren't. It's only nine o'clock in the morning!
No, here is what the prophet Joel meant.
He said, " 'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Holy Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions. Your old men will have dreams.
In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on those who serve me, both men and women. When I do, they will prophesy.
I will show wonders in the heavens above. I will show miraculous signs on the earth below. There will be blood and fire and clouds of smoke.
The sun will become dark. The moon will turn red like blood. This will happen before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' (Joel 2:28-32)
"Men of Israel, listen to this! Jesus of Nazareth was a man who had God's approval. God did miracles, wonders and signs among you through Jesus. You yourselves know this.
Long ago God planned that Jesus would be handed over to you. With the help of evil people, you put Jesus to death. You nailed him to the cross.
But God raised him from the dead. He set him free from the suffering of death. It wasn't possible for death to keep its hold on Jesus.
David spoke about him. He said, " 'I know that the Lord is always with me. He is at my right hand. I will always be secure.
So my heart is glad. Joy is on my tongue. My body also will be full of hope.