“We tell you the good news: What God promised our fathers he 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.’
So it is stated elsewhere:
‘You will not let your Holy One see decay.’ “But the one whom God raised from the dead did not see decay.”
Acts 13:32-33, 35, 37 (NIV)
The apostle Paul speaks these words to the believers in Pisidian Antioch. He says some startling things here. God vowed to raise up His Son to benefit His children. The Father also pledged to not let His Son, Jesus, die.
Think about this for a moment. We serve a Messiah that did not die. The other religions in this world can point to where their leader is buried. Jesus Christ reigns in heaven with His Father. He lives. We serve a risen Savior. One of my favorite hymns we sing at Easter celebration is, “He Lives.” I believe we could sing it anytime during the year.
The first thing we notice is God fulfilled his promise to His people. Another is that His son did not die, was not buried in the ground and did not face the end that humans face.