Saturday, April 11, 2009

Pre-Resurrection Meditation


A prophecy given over 1000 years before Christ's death and resurrection-

Psalm 16:10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,or let your holy one see corruption.

The Apostle Peter shows how this Psalm of David is actually a prophecy concerning Christ and His resurrection when he preached to His Jewish counterparts shortly after the ascension of Christ-

"Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him,

'I saw the Lord always before me,for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,or let your Holy One see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life;you will make me full of gladness with your presence.'

Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing." (Acts 2:22-33)
Sunday is almost here...

2 comments:

Rick Calohan said...

Tony,

Last night's confession, hymns, and scriptures, from our Good Friday Service short of Nathan’s sermon on Acts 2:22-33 can viewed by those who were unable to attend.

http://ricksan67.blog.friendster.com/2009/04/good-friday/

A wonderful study guide on The Death of the Twelve Apostles
How their martyrdom evidences Easter can be found here.

http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/content/Parchmentandpen/DeathoftheApostles.pdf

Frontier Forest said...

Rick, providentially, Saturday morning I finished Macarthur's book, "12 Ordinary Men." Very good reading. I will check out the web site you mentioned. Macarthur’s last chapter was dedicated to the pathetic life of Judas. This may sound a bit strange but, thinking about Judas’ betrayal and greed, his total depraved state of mind, help to plow up my own dirt, better preparing my heart for Easter Morning. "O wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body on this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”