Good morning! We are nearing the end of Paul’s encouraging message to the people in the synagogue. Paul’s interweaving of the Old Testament was so powerful but also delicate for those who were hearing about Jesus Christ the Messiah for the first time. Join us we read on about our Lord and Savior who never decayed – He lives.
“32 “And now we are here to bring you this Good News. The promise was made to our ancestors, 33 and God has now fulfilled it for us, their descendants, by raising Jesus. This is what the second psalm says about Jesus:
‘You are my Son.
Today I have become your Father.[h]’
34 For God had promised to raise him from the dead, not leaving him to rot in the grave. He said, ‘I will give you the sacred blessings I promised to David.’[i] 35 Another psalm explains it more fully: ‘You will not allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.’[j] 36 This is not a reference to David, for after David had done the will of God in his own generation, he died and was buried with his ancestors, and his body decayed. 37 No, it was a reference to someone else—someone whom God raised and whose body did not decay.” – Acts 13:32-37 NLT
I love how Paul explained the history of the Old Testament then moves directly into “and now we bring you this Good News.”
In the book of Luke chapter 24:25-27, shortly after the disciples learned that Jesus was not in the tomb…the stone had been rolled away… the scripture reads, “25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures. 26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?” 27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.”
The Good News is that Jesus is the Messiah. He suffered and died for our sins so that we can be reconciled to God, and on the third day God raised Jesus from the dead. Jesus did not remain in the grave – God raised Jesus from the dead. Death was defeated and because of Jesus our sins can be forgiven – if we only believe, repent and ask.
Sisters and brothers, Jesus is alive and for those who believe and receive Him as their Lord and Savior – He lives in you. Jesus is not dead and His teachings are not decayed. May the same power that raised Jesus from the grave do a mighty work in you and your family. May the love of Jesus that is inside of you shine brightly to the world.
Lord Jesus thank you for coming to earth to save us and make a way for us to be reconciled to God. Lord Jesus, you endured so much for our sins. We are forever grateful for what You did for us and for what you continue to do. Thank you for being our Lord, Savior, and redeemer. Lord Jesus, continue to work in our lives. Allow the Holy Spirit to reign with us and guide us through this say. Lord Jesus, teach us to show love for one another – even in the most difficult spaces. Lord, we still come to you in prayer asking for healing for those who are ill and those who are struggling with COVID-19. Lord, we ask for healing in their bodies, and restoration of strength, mental clarity, taste and smell. Lord, we pray for those who are in relationships and are struggling to maintain peace during this season. Lord, we ask that you improve communication, that you refresh and strengthen marriages, that you give us wisdom in all of our interactions with other people. Lord, let the words and thoughts that flow from our minds and hearts be pleasing unto you. Lord, have your way in our lives. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray – Amen.
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