It Was Impossible

Good morning! Yesterday, we read about Peter coming into his purpose. Today, we begin with Peter preaching the word. In these verses, Peter is filled with the Holy Spirit and he shares the undeniable facts of Jesus’ resurrection and ascension with the people who are gathered around. Join me as we continue our reading in Acts chapter 2.

22 “Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. 23 This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men,[d] put him to death by nailing him to the cross. 24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. 25 David said about him:

“‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. 26 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, 27 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’[e]” – Acts 2:22-28 NLT

It was impossible for death to hold Him!

Peter gave the history of what took place while Jesus was here on earth. Peter included:

the miracles that no one could denied happen, because they saw them for themselves.

He also didn’t let them get the conclusive credit for Jesus death on the cross. He wanted them to understand:

  • God fore knew why he sent Jesus to earth.
  • God knew we needed a Savior because we couldn’t save ourselves.
  • Yet, Peter shared, God allowed the Jews and wicked (lawless) people to nail Jesus to the cross.

But what the people didn’t count on – nor did Satan, was Jesus’ victory over death. God raised Jesus from the dead. Peter not only stated the fact, he reminded them of what was written in the Old Testament by King David in Psalm 16:8-11.

Sisters and brothers, death could not hold Him and the grave could not keep Him. As the psalmist wrote in Psalms, we must also remember:

  • The Lord is always before us.
  • Because the Lord is with us we will not be shaken.
  • We can rest in hope because the Lord has not abandoned us to death.
  • The path to eternal life has been made known to us all.
  • In His presence their is joy.

It was impossible for death to hold Him!

Father God, thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ to save us from a life of sin. Lord, you knew within ourselves that we were undisciplined and unable to save ourselves. Lord, thank you for dying on the cross for our sins. We praise You. We magnify Your name because Your power is greater than even death. Forgive us for the sins we have committed (known and unknown) and teach us to walk in Your fullness, redeemed and set free. Lord, we can rest in knowing the same power you used to conquer the grave is the same power and strength that You use in us to accomplish Your purposes, to overcome fear, to triumph even when things look like we are being defeated. All glory and honor is in You our Lord. Continue to work in us and teach us Your ways. Help us to be obedient and follow through with what You have called us to. Lord, use us. In Jesus name, amen.

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