Acts 2: 14a, 22-32

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 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 will also live in hope, because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let the 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 an oath that he would place one of his descendants on his thrown. Seeing what was ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of 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 to the fact.

A Thought

Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, is witnessing to the people that Jesus of Nazareth was sent to them by God. Jesus had done many miracles, wonders and signs; they with the help of wicked men had Jesus put to death on the cross. Peter reminds them of what David had spoken concerning the promise of God to place his descendant on his throne. David died and is still in the tomb, but David saw what was ahead–the resurrection of Jesus. We are all now witnesses to the fact that God raised Jesus to life.

Our Prayer

Father you are faithful even when things appear to be impossible. You took what was death (the price of our sin) and gave it life–eternal life if we can accept it. Awaken us by the power of the Holy Spirit to be your witness of hope made possible by the life, death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ. In his name we prayer, amen.