“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. For David says concerning Him:
‘I foresaw the LORD always before my face,
For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;
Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
For You will not leave my soul in Hades,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’
“Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
Hope, spoken of by David, repeated by Peter, shared today. Hope of life, promise of life. “…my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad…my flesh will rest in hope…” Therefore let our hearts be glad. What a transformation we see and hear from Peter! This is not the same man who stood in the courtyard at the high priests home and cursed saying he did not know Jesus. And this transformation is available to us all. With the transformation comes the hope that David spoke of, a hope of life, not death, a life made known to us; “…you have made known to me the ways of life…” This way of life begins with our acceptance of what Jesus offers and continues through eternity. What a hope! What a joy! What a freedom to find the cares and stuff of everyday life do not have the same effect upon us because our vision has broadened beyond here and now to here and forever.
Her eyes sparkle as she comes up close while I work, deep in thought. “I’m thirsty.” A request, softly given, expectantly delivered and I break away momentarily to say, “You know where the glasses are and can get yourself a drink of water.” She persists, leaning close, “I want some milk.” I turn and look into those eyes, earnestly seeking my acknowledgement. She is confident in her knowledge of me, she knows before she asks, I will stop what I am doing and honor her request. There is no fear, no sign of worry. I play with her some and say, “You just want me to get up and leave what I am doing for you.” She never wavers, just looks with a smile, into my eyes, knowing I will get up and leave what I am doing for her. She is confident in my love for her. She has experience with my care and shared time and space with me. And this is what we have in our relationship with our Lord. We are confident in his love and care. We have shared space and time with him. We have knowledge of him and that knowledge encourages us in our seeking for more from him. He honors our requests because he loves us. Get a hold of that. Wrap our collective mind around the awesomeness of that love and rest in it. This is our hope. This is our life.