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“Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. The people of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize Jesus, yet in condemning him they fulfilled the words of the prophets that are read every Sabbath. Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. But God raised him from the dead, and for many days he was seen by those who had traveled with him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now his witnesses to our people.
“We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm:
“You are my son;
today I have become your father.
God raised him from the dead so that he will never be subject to decay. As God has said,
“I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David”
So it is also stated elsewhere:
“You will not let your holy one see decay.”
“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.
“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you:
“Look; you scoffers,
wonder and perish,
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would never believe,
even if someone told you.”
Want to dig deeper? Additional Scripture
Ephesians 1:3 Luke 23:22
Acts 1:8 Psalm 2:7
Isaiah 55:3 Psalm 55:3
Romans 3:20 Habakkuk 1:5
Time for Reflection
In addition to the 3 questions found on the attached bookmark consider the following:
What does it mean to you that being set free from our sins is not obtainable on our own? That it comes not through our own doing or by following the laws but through faith in Jesus Christ? Are you a scoffer or someone open to the wonder of faith?