Acts, Devotional, New Testament

The Power of Resurrection (Acts 2:22-31 Devotional)

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus,  delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 

25 For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.  28  You have made known to me the paths of life;  you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 

29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.

Acts 2:22-31 ESV

The Lord, Jesus, was dead and buried, but David prophesied that the Holy One will be resurrected.  Peter’s sermon also testified for the resurrected Messiah.  “God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” (v24). Hallelujah! It is not possible for Jesus to be held by death.  He triumphed over death!  This is the definition I read about “resurrection power”.   It is the ability to bring life out of death, to correct a situation that is hopeless, to change a person who is irremediable.   The power of resurrection belongs to God.  It is a power that man cannot duplicate, but a power that lives in us through the Spirit of God!  We can trust that He has the resurrection power to do the impossible. 

By His power of resurrection, we can find hope in hopelessness.

Dear Lord, praise you that you have risen! In you is the power of resurrection, and your power is now living in me. You are the One who gives me the power to face the impossible and gives me hope when there seems to be no hope. Lord, help me to trust and depend on your power that lives in me.

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