Dec 29, 2017
What better way to address a crowd of Jews than to quote their revered patriarch and former king, David. Which is what we have recorded in Acts 2:29-41. In his ongoing address to the crowd that had gathered as a result of the Spirit’s indwelling and the disciples speaking in foreign languages, Peter uses the words of King David to prove that Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah and that what they had just witnessed was the work of God. Crucial to Peter’s explanation of what had just happened that day was his attempt to link the events to the resurrection of Jesus. While the Romans and the Jews had seen fit to put Jesus to death, God had chosen to raise Him back to life. And Peter uses David’s psalm to prove it. This was all part of God’s divine plan and, David, acting as a prophet, had predicted Jesus’ death and His subsequent resurrection. The one they had crucified, God had crowned Lord and Christ. He was the Messiah. And He had come, but had now returned to glory. Yet, He had sent His Holy Spirit to take His place and to provide His followers with power from on high. What the crowd had seen that day was not the work of men, but the handiwork of God. And when the people heard the words of Peter, they responded, “What shall we do?” And Peter was more than happy to provide them with an answer.