Peter speaks to the Israelis.

“Dear friends, let me be completely frank with you. Our ancestor David is dead and buried—his tomb is in plain sight today. But being also a prophet and knowing that God had solemnly sworn that a descendant of his would rule his kingdom, seeing far ahead, he talked of the resurrection of the Messiah—’no trip to Hades, no stench of death.’ This Jesus, God raised up. And every one of us here is a witness to it. Then, raised to the heights at the right hand of God and receiving the promise of the Holy Spirit from the Father, he poured out the Spirit he had just received. That is what you see and hear. For David himself did not ascend to heaven, but he did say,

God said to my Master, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a stool for resting your feet.” “All Israel, then, know this: There’s no longer room for doubt—God made him Master and Messiah, this Jesus whom you killed on a cross.” Acts 2:29-36 (The Message)

Peter spoke with the authority of a first hand witness. He had seen the risen Lord Jesus Christ. After his crucifixion and resurrection Jesus spent forty days with his closest friends. He taught them much and lived among them his resurrection life. Peter spoke with the conviction of one who knew without doubt that God had fulfilled his promise to make his Son Master and Messiah. David had been (and remains for many) the icon of Israeli statehood. Peter says that it is Jesus who succeeds David as the image of God’s power. No longer statehood, but kingdom of God ruled over by the incarnate and resurrected Lord, is the goal for God’s people. No longer limited to nationhood the people of God are to be the hope of nations led in the mission of God through Jesus and equipped by his Spirit living in them.

Through the Spirit of God living in us, may we bring the hope of Christ to all the nations today. May we see the Master and Messiah as the embodiment of the purpose of the living God. Amen.

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