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R.A.I.S.E.D. Part 4

This is the fourth in our series of posts about the truth of Easter from Acts 2. Peter speaks clearly about the resurrection and why it is essential to Christianity. What we learn about the resurrection from Acts 2. To do so, each point will fill out the acronym “R.A.I.S.E.D.”

"R" Really Dead

"A" Always the Plan

"I" Impossible for death to hold him

"S" SCRIPTURE affirms the resurrection v.25

If the whole plan was of God for the crucifixion and the resurrection, it makes sense that the Bible is unified in the story of redemption-- of it’s promise and fulfillment.

In verse 25, Peter quotes Psalm 16, which is seen as fulfilled in Jesus. David, as a picture of what the Messiah would be was dead and had been for a long time. Death held him in the tomb and it was still with them as evidence-- but the Messiah, the true descendant of David would not see decay but would live. Because Jesus rose from the dead, he proved that he is the messiah that was spoken about in Psalm 16 and Peter points to it to show that the messiah would not be able to be held by death.

If you look at verse 31 he applies the quote from Psalm 16, “He foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.” Because Jesus was raised from the dead he shows himself to be the Messiah.

Jesus, in his earthly life, taught plainly that he would suffer, be killed and rise from the dead. In Luke 9:22 he taught, “the son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” And after his resurrection, on the road to Emmaus, Luke 24:27 says Jesus, “beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”

Jesus himself interprets truth from the Old Testament and applies it to himself for example, with Jonah. In Matthew 11:39, An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” He goes on to say, “something greater than Jonah is here.” Jesus is the prophet who comes speaking and applying God’s Words accurately.

From beginning to end in scripture we see the plan of God to redeem his people. The resurrection was foreshadowed in the Old Testament, predicted by Jesus and interpreted by Jesus after his resurrection.

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