Day 8: A Prophesy of the Resurrection of the Christ

Acts 2:22-31 :

“Men of Israel, hear these words! Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved by God to you by mighty works and wonders and signs which God did by him in the midst of you, even as you yourselves know, him, being delivered up by the determined counsel and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by the hand of lawless men, crucified and killed; whom God raised up, having freed him from the agony of death, because it was not possible that he should be held by it. For David says concerning him,

‘I saw the Lord always before my face,
For he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved.
Therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced.
Moreover my flesh also will dwell in hope;
because you will not leave my soul in Hades,
neither will you allow your Holy One to see decay.
You made known to me the ways of life.
You will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

“Brothers, I may tell you freely of the patriarch David, that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he foreseeing this spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that neither was his soul left in Hades, nor did his flesh see decay.

Although some people doubt the supernatural acts of Jesus, it is clear that the people that Peter was talking to knew all about them because he referred to Jesus’ “mighty works and wonders and signs.” If Jesus didn’t do these things, then the people would most likely have continued think that Peter was crazy and ignored the rest of what he said. This is evidence that Jesus did undeniable miracles in front of thousands of people.

If Jesus really did all of these amazing miracles, what should that mean to us today? It should mean that miracles do happen and that Jesus was a very unusual person to say the least. Peter, goes on to reveal that the Bible had an amazing prophesy about the fact that the future Christ would raise up from the dead. We read here that King David of Israel wrote that the “Holy One” would not decay or go to the waiting place of dead referred to as “Hades.” We discussed that place briefly in our study in Luke. This was probably one of the passages of the Bible that Jesus Himself explained to the disciples during the 40 days before He ascended into the cloud.

I love to see the power and strength that the Holy Spirit gave to Peter that gave him courage to speak to the people like that. Remember that Peter had been trained as a fisherman, not as a public speaker. The Holy Spirit gave him the ability and willingness to speak out to all of these people about the Gospel. This is exactly what the Holy Spirit does for us to this day. In various unique ways, God gives us power through the Holy Spirit to share in the spreading of the Gospel.

Notice that one way that we can share the Gospel is by showing people the prophesies that came true in the Bible. The miracles are also a sign that we can use to show people that Jesus wasn’t just a man.