Sometimes we hear people say that they want to get back to a sort of “Acts 2” philosophy of church ministry, and that isn’t always a bad thing. We see a powerful, growing church in Acts 2 – devotion to God’s word, building each other up in the faith, spending life together (both in the church and at homes), and an intentional prayer life – not to mention a very strong others-orientation – some even selling their material things in order to make sure that other members had their needs met.. Those are all good things.
But what struck me this morning, perhaps it’s because of Good Friday being 2 days away are two things:
- The amazing foreknowledge of God. Peter in his sermon to the crowd states that Jesus was “delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God.” (2:23) The cross was not a reaction, it was not a “Plan B” – as Pastor Matt Chandler says in his book Explicit Gospel “The cross of Jesus Christ was not some surprise, not some plan B for God, but rather the plan known within the Godhead since the beginning. God’s response to the belittlement of his name, from the beginning of time, has been the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on a Roman cross.” As we celebrate this weekend, let’s also celebrate the amazing, intentional, unstoppable redemptive plan of God to bring a sinful human race back to himself.
- David saw the resurrection of the Christ. 2:31 says something amazing about David, and I think it’s another passage that answers the questions “How did God see David – the adulterer, murder, etc – as ‘man after his own heart?” – “David foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ.” David was looking ahead to the Messiah and understood that he would come and be sacrificed for the sins of the world and would rise again. This is where he placed his faith. Yes, he had massive personal sin issues – but if the cross of the Christ is powerful enough to cover them – isn’t it then powerful enough to cover our sins? Then what is stopping us from running to God instead of running away from God when we sin? Look at the amazing knowledge of our God – he knows it all anyway.
Foreknowledge and other attributes that show God’s massiveness should bring us comfort that there is nothing that God doesn’t know and control in line with his beautiful merciful plan of redemption. David knew this truth and even applied it to the Christ, according to Peter in our text today. This brings peace and fullness of joy.
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;
therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ (Acts 2:25-28, ESV)