26 “Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. 27 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. 28 Though they found no proper ground for a death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him executed. 29 When they had carried out all that was written about him, they took him down from the cross and laid him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 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.
This history is at the heart of Jesus’ story. His Jewish contemporaries did not recognize him (for who he was, the Jewish Messiah and the world’s Deliverer) However, with rare exception, none of his “non” Jewish contemporaries recognized him either. Still, God and Jesus carried out the rescue plan without our recognition and highly exalted Jesus bringing victory over death. Who do you see now? (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God’s character?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Stop and ask God to place a nation on your mind and heart. Pray for the people to blessed by God, the church to shine brightly and for God to be present in that place.