Scripture Reading:  Acts 2:25-32

“For David says concerning Him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope.  For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One  see corruption.’” (Acts 2:25-27)

In his sermon, Peter quoted Psalm 16, which states that God will not allow His Holy One to undergo decay.  Psalm 16 is a Messianic prophecy given to David by God.  Throughout the Psalms we find many prophetic references concerning the Messiah, whom God promised would come to redeem His people.

Peter said this prophecy of David, “For You will not abandon My soul to Hades, or let Your Holy One see corruption (decay),” cannot refer to David because David certainly died and was buried.  In fact, “his tomb is with us to this day” (v. 29).  Peter reasoned that David was not speaking of himself; he was speaking of the Messiah.

Peter goes on to say that David looked ahead and saw the resurrection of Christ:  “Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God has sworn an oath to him that He would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption” (vs. 30,31).  This passage makes it clear that God revealed much about the coming Messiah to David.  In this case, David actually knew about the resurrection of Christ.

Peter then made the statement:  “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses” (v. 32).  Peter was preaching the gospel to the Jews on the Day of Pentecost.  He pointed to the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Peter made it clear that God had revealed these things to David hundreds of years before.

The resurrection is essential to the message of Christianity.  In fact, belief in the resurrection of Jesus is necessary for one to have salvation:  “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).  David, along with all true believers, believed that the Messiah, Jesus Christ, was raised from the dead.

O resurrected King Jesus, You, who are of the line of David, were crucified and died.  But on the third day You were raised from the dead.  I believe in my heart that God raised you and I rest in my faith, knowing that You are the Lord of my life.


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