Daily Devotional Wednesday 22nd April 2020

by William Moody

Acts 13:26–37

26 “Brothers, sons of the family of Abraham, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation. 27 For those who live in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him nor understand the utterances of the prophets, which are read every Sabbath, fulfilled them by condemning him. 28 And though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 And when they had carried out all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, 33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,

  “‘You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you.’

34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,

  “‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’

35 Therefore he says also in another psalm,

  “‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’

36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, 37 but he whom God raised up did not see corruption.

(ESV)

Paul here continues his great sermon at Pisidian Antioch and he now speaks about how people respond to Jesus. Paul speaks of the Jews in Jerusalem rejecting Jesus, but even this was in God’s will and prophesied in the Old Testament scriptures (v27). Paul highlights the injustice of Jesus’ death (v28).

To be a worthy sacrifice for sin, Jesus had to be an innocent man. If he had sin then He would have to die for His own sin. He could only be a worthy substitute if He was spotless.

Paul moves on to speak of his regular theme of Jesus’ resurrection (v29-31). The validity of the Gospel message stands or falls on whether the resurrection is true or not. If the resurrection did not take place then Jesus was a fraud, but if it is true as the gospel testify to and as the early believers all testified to, then Jesus is the Lord, who is to be trusted and obeyed.

Paul proceeds to show how the Old Testament testifies about Jesus’ resurrection (v32-37). The Gospel is based on the strong evidence of God’s Word. How important is the truth of the resurrection to you?

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