Saturday, May 26, 2012

not abandoned

Good evening brothers and sisters,
By the time you finish the first hymn in worship tomorrow I hope to be finishing the Ottawa Marathon. Keep Kris and Matt in your prayers also as they run the half-marathon in Buffalo. I pray blessings on your worship as you celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit.

In our reading today we focus on Peter's explanation of who Jesus is. He explains Jesus' eternal life and resurrection in terms of the Psalms. It's interesting watching the early disciples share Jesus with people in their time. They took what they experienced with him and used that to understand the Bible.

Blessings on your worship,

Acts 2:22-31
22“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— 23this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 

25For David says concerning him, ‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken; 26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; moreover my flesh will live in hope. 27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One experience corruption. 28You have made known to me the ways of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29“Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying, ‘He was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh experience corruption.’

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