Acts 13:30–38 (ESV)
Paul and Barnabas at Anticoch in Pisidia (Part 3)
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. 38 Let it be known to you therefore,
brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you,
In yesterday’s reading, Paul was giving them the Law and accusing them of nailing Jesus to a tree. Today comes the Gospel.
Well, they may have nailed him to a tree, “But God raised him from the dead!” Notice this was God’s work... that is the Gospel. The reading says he appeared to may people. We know from other scripture that he appeared to
over 500 people. Now, Paul is telling them that God raised Jesus from the dead which is part of the saving Gospel, the Good News. Paul pares this up with the fulfillment of Scripture, to remind them of their past and the prophecies. To make
sure that they are not thinking David is the fulfillment, Paul points out that David died and is still dead, yet Jesus will not see corruption.
I pray: O Lord, help me to use the Old Testament and the
New Testament to share the Gospel. The Old Testament points to Christ and the New Testament points to the fulfillment. Help people to see that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s Salvation. Amen.