Paul continued speaking God’s message in the synagogue of Turkish Antioch (264).
“My fellow Israelites & you Gentiles here who worship our God, this message of salvation through Jesus has been sent to us. The people who live in Jerusalem & their leaders didn’t know that Jesus is the savior; they didn’t understand the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. They actually made certain of the prophets’ words come true by condemning Jesus. Even though they could find no reason to have him executed, they insisted that the Roman governor, Pilate, put him to death.
“After they had done everything that the inspired scriptures foretold about Jesus, he was taken down from the cross of execution & placed in a tomb. But God raised Jesus from death!
“For many days he appeared to his chosen witnesses, who now testify about him to the people of Israel. We are here to bring this good news to you also. What God promised our ancestors that he would do, he has now done for all of us — by raising Jesus to life!
“It is written of Jesus in the inspired scriptures, ‘You are my son; today I have become your father.’ And about raising Jesus from death, God said: ‘I will give you holy & sure blessings, as I promised David.’ And David says in another passage, ‘You will not allow your faithful servant to rot in the grave.’
“King David served God’s purposes in his own time. Then he died, was buried with his ancestors, & his body rotted in the grave. But this didn’t happen to Jesus. Instead, God actually raised Jesus from death!
“All of you, my fellow Israelites, must know that it is through Jesus that forgiveness of sins is preached to you. You must know that everyone who believes in Jesus is set free from all sins — from which the law of Moses could never set you free.
“Take care, then, that this saying of the prophets may never apply to you: ‘Look, you scoffers! Be astonished and die! What I am doing today is something that you will not believe, even when someone explains it to you.'”
God, please help me love the new life You give.
(264) Acts 13:26-41