29 “Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. 30 But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. 32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand 35 until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’ 36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
This passage of scripture is the second part of the message that Peter preached on the day of Pentecost. It was the sermon that inaugurated the church.
Peter’s words here are powerfully inspired by the Holy Spirit. He chooses to link a selection of old testament scriptures to Jesus that the audience would have been familiar with. He also boldly convicts them of their role in the crucifixion of Jesus.
I find it helpful to put myself in the place of the hearers of that first message. They probably weren’t the ones who physically nailed Jesus to the cross, but they understood that they had a role in his death.
So do I.
Even though I was born nearly 2000 years after his death, it is my sin, our sin, that held him there on the cross in suffering, anguish and torment.
But, even though I’m responsible for this atrociously unjust act, it is by His sacrifice that I can be made right with God.
Lord, thankyou again for the atrocity and the beauty of The Cross.
Written by Ps. Justin Ware