For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your holy one to rot in the grave. You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.”
Psalms 16:10-11 NLT
The words of this scripture, as well as yesterday’s, are identified by the Apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost as referring to the Messiah, Jesus! “Dear brothers, think about this! You can be sure that the patriarch David wasn’t referring to himself, for he died and was buried, and his tomb is still here among us. But he was a prophet, and he knew God had promised with an oath that one of David’s own descendants would sit on his throne. David was looking into the future and speaking of the Messiah’s resurrection. He was saying that God would not leave him among the dead or allow his body to rot in the grave. “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today. For David himself never ascended into heaven, yet he said, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.” (Psalm 110:1). So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” Acts of the Apostles 2:29-36 NLT Jesus died, was buried, and after three days (see Matthew 27:63 and Mark 10:34), resurrected from the dead. Yes, he naturally and physically died. There is no swoon theory here. His body was dead. He was laid in a sepulcher (a hewn out tomb in a rock). His body remained in the grave three days. Then, in glorious triumph, He came back to life again!!! Shout children of God! Shout! Our Lord didn’t see corruption (decay and decomposition) of His body. Jesus conquered death and the grave. He took upon Himself our sins and the sins of the whole world, died a substitutionary death for us, was laid in the tomb, had guards protecting His tomb against any intrusion (see Matthew 27:62-65), and yet He got up from the grave in the power of His Omnipotence!!! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Through the Lord Jesus Christ, we who trust in His death, burial, and literal, physical resurrection, have victory over the finality of death (see I Corinthians 15:51-58). Through Jesus we are victors, not victims. Through Him, we will receive new bodies. We don’t have to fear death anymore. “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.” Hebrews 2:14-15 NLT Give Him praise and glory church!!! Jesus is Adonai (Lord) and Christ (Messiah - The Anointed One of God - Daniel 9:25)!!! He is God and Messiah!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris