Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: … “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him: ‘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.’ Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.”
The people had seen Jesus doing miracles. Now they were hearing eyewitness testimony that Jesus had risen from the dead. They really didn’t need any more proof. With David, the king who had originally built up their city, they could say, “My heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will also live in hope, because God will not abandon me to the grave.” Jesus rose, so they too would rise.
We have read in the Bible the eyewitness accounts of Jesus doing miracles and rising from the dead. We really don’t need any more proof. As citizens of the City of God by faith in Jesus, we say, “Our hearts are glad, and our tongues rejoice. Our bodies will live in hope, because God will not abandon us to the grave. Because Jesus rose, we too will rise.”
Lord God, thank you for providing us faithful witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. Strengthen us to live with the confidence that we too will rise from the dead. Amen.
This devotion was selected from the Daily Devotion archive.