Acts 2:25-36 (ESV)
“25For David says concerning him,
“‘I saw the Lord always before me,
for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;
26therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
my flesh also will dwell in hope.
27For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
or let your Holy One see corruption.
28You have made known to me the paths of life;
you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’
29“Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,Sit at my right hand,
35until I make your enemies your footstool.’
36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Our society, in the era we currently live in, loves to look for the next greatest gadget, hand-held device, computer, television, athlete, etc. When we truly think about it, it seems foolish that we would look for the next greatest rather than using and enjoying what we already have. On the other hand, there are also many out there that believe they have all they need and no longer need to look to developing and updating their appliances and devices or who think they’ve already seen the greatest athletes and/or leaders. With the NBA Finals taking place there are a lot of people talking about who the greatest basketball player ever is, this conversation is similar to the one that Peter was having, only his argument is much stronger than any sports fan.
The Jews, in which, Peter is speaking to in the passage above believed that King David was that leader. The Leader which was the greatest of all time and no one else could ever take his place. So as Peter pleads with them that this Lord that David referred to is not himself but Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus Christ. The people were being thrown thru a loop. They were not able to comprehend this, because the Old Testament scriptures stated that David’s throne would rule Forever! And indeed it is, because Jesus Christ of Nazareth is a descendant of the family line of David. We now have the GREATEST KING sitting on the right hand side of the Father. As followers of Christ there is no one else that can ever take His place, therefore it is our duty to serve Him willfully.
The Jews believed in God and tried to obey the law, however they struggled because they knew inside that no matter how hard they tried they could not do it alone. They needed the help of the savior, who was hung after being accused of breaking the law, by men who were breaking the law themselves. We are a fallen creation and sin daily. The way of atonement, is accepting that the only way to perfect the law in our lives is to allow Jesus to do so. We don’t have to struggle through everyday stresses on our own, Jesus was sent to be the helper that we did not deserve, but the helper that we need. He is able to assist and clear our vision, but we must allow Him to do so.
HE is the True King, through Him the veil that kept us from the Father was torn, however we must follow Him, so that we might be able to Lead others to Him.