Acts 2:25-32 – David said about him: “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’ “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.

 

Scripture has a prophetic thrust. Even the Psalms, the song book of the bible, contain extra horizons beyond the immediate setting. In Psalm 16, David prophecies, in fact, the resurrection of the messiah – so Peter argued; and since David’s burial place was not far from where he was making his argument, clearly the prophet must be speaking of someone beyond himself. That person of course is none other than Jesus of Nazareth. Indeed, by virtue of his resurrection from the dead, Jesus is confirming that he is  the long awaited messiah. That which the Psalm prophecies, which King David actually saw ahead of time, finds its ultimate address in the death and resurrection of ‘this Jesus’. The fact that the apostles were all witnesses to this fact is what gives the church credibility, and what fills us with hope.

 

Prayer: My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices, O God, because you will not abandon me to the grave, in Jesus’ mighty name.