Has God ever changed your plans? Has your life biography been interrupted with the words, “But God…?”
As the Apostle Peter reintroduces Jesus of Nazareth as God’s accredited Messiah, in his Spirit-filled sermon, he reminds his audience of God’s dynamic power which was demonstrated in the power of the resurrection.
Who raised Jesus from the dead?
- Jesus Himself said (John 2:19) ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.’ John interprets this prediction with the explanation “But the temple He had spoken of was His body.”
- In Romans 1:4 Paul reminds the Roman church that “through the Spirit of holiness (Jesus) was declared with power to be the Son of God.”
- Here in Acts 2, Peter completes his three sentence summary of the person and work of Jesus Christ with this disruptive intervention of God. “…with the help of wicked men,” they had put Jesus “to death by nailing him to the cross…”
The death of Jesus would have been just like that of thousands of criminals who had experienced the death penalty by the Roman authorities for the capital crimes they had committed….BUT GOD…
The ministry of Jesus would have been just like that of a multitude of religious leaders throughout human history who have lived their lives, taught their followers and left their impact….BUT GOD…
BUT GOD raised Him from the dead. Good Friday was not the final day of Jesus life. Yes, He died on that day, but on the third day He rose again. He was “freed from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.”
Death has laid hold of every descendant of Adam and Eve. God had warned that first pair that violation of His standards would result in death–spiritually and physically speaking. Spiritually they became separated from God instantly. Each baby, regardless of how ‘cute,’ is born in sin and shaped in iniquity. Physically the process of death destroys our finite bodies, some times through illness, ultimately because the wages of sin is death.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ was anticipated one thousand years before it happened. As David expressed his confidence in God who had interrupted his life on various occasions, he penned these words (Psalm 16:8-11)
“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 live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you 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.”
God’s presence in David’s life brought great peace and comfort. Despite challenging circumstances, the Lord’s near presence left this Israelite monarch in peace. The benefits of having a genuine relationship with God?
The benefits of having a genuine relationship with God?
a) a glad heart;
b) a joyful tongue (ready and willing to praise God at any time);
c) a hopeful body.
What would the future hold for David? What does the future hold for every genuine follower of Jesus Christ? Hope. Joy. Peace. The very Presence of God.
Just last evening as I visited briefly with colleagues in a funeral home as they grieve the loss of a mother, a grandmother, a follower of Jesus Christ, I was reminded of the difference God makes! Life would be tragic. Death would be tragic. BUT GOD….!