Reading: Acts 2: 29-32
Verse 32: God has raised Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.
God had promised David that one from his line would rule forever. In the world where kings come and go, where power struggles are a real threat, this promise required a great deal of faith to believe. Even in David’s reign, there were several who tried to sieze power from him. So to hold onto this promise too a great deal of faith. David had such a faith. He held onto his absolute trust in God. Forever is a long time, but there was an unshakable trust that David had in God.
For Peter, his faith had been shaken. He has just been restored from the denial of knowing Christ. He has been anointed the “Rock” upon which the church will be built. But Peter has had those days when doubt and fear has crept in, just as David had and just as we do. No human being is immune to doubt and fear and anxiety and worry. For Peter, in those days after Jesus died, there must have been huge doubts. But the resurrection came and his doubts about Christ were washed away. But after the resurrection, there must have been great fear… – he had denied the Lord three times. And Jesus restores him from this too. Peter was beginning to see through new eyes. He was beginning to see with eyes full of hope and faith. He realized that God had been at work all along. This too is the faith that David lived within. It is the faith we are called to live in too.
Just as David had seen the eternity of the Messiah, Peter now understood God’s will for all of creation: forgiveness of sin and life eternal. These are God’s gifts. Through the cross, Jesus defeated the power of sin. Through the grave, Jesus defeated the power of death. God’s will is to offer these gifts to all who call on Christ as Lord and Savior. Once we do this and place our hope and trust in Him, we too will understand what Peter knew. Christ came to save the world and will come again to restore all of creation. It is God’s gift to you and to me, to all of creation. May we, like David and Peter, claim this gift, this inheritance, and begin to live out our resurrection faith each day. Verse 32 reads, “God has raised Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact”. May we live as witnesses today!