Acts 2:23-24 (NAS) this Man, delivered up by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death. And God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.
As I read these verses this morning, I was overcome by what the HGTV station would call the “wow factor.” Here are the notes I took.
- Man- Jesus understands our plight on the earth not only because He is God but also Man born and died on earth. He gets it.
- Pre determined plan- Like Him, we are living a predetermined plan as we yield to God and even as we don’t yield to Him.
- Foreknowledge- Our Father in Heaven has foreknowledge of me and loves me more than I can imagine. And yet He still wants me to experience joy, peace, love and all that is good on my journey here.
- Nailed to a cross- Being nailed to a crude wooden cross was the biggest and most despicable form of punishment ever given in that time and culture. (Perhaps prison is the darkest most despicable punishment now.)
- By the hands of godless men- Often, but not always, we are seemingly at the hands of godless men.
- And put to death- Some of us will die at the hand of godless men. (Read Hebrews Chapter 11.) I sometimes wonder at the justice of God, but I know He is the embodiment of justice.
- Then God raised Him from the agony of death. There are all kinds of agony on this earth, but we imagine that death is the ultimate agony.
- Not possible- It was not possible for Jesus to be held in its power. How many times we think something is impossible and yet we know that with Jesus all things are possible.
It is not possible for Jesus to be held in death or held in any other dreadful power in the universe because He belonged to God. God, the only God, the one God. It is also not possible for us to be held in any dire happening, any disturbing event or circumstance in life. If it seems unjust or too difficult for God to be in this circumstance of mine, then I have not sought God in the circumstance. How often I become irritated by what is happening in my life without You Lord. Forgive me.