Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Title: HOPE – Messianic Psalm Prophecy on the Resurrection of Christ
By: Pastor Isaac Yim
Psalm 16:8-11 (NIV)
8 I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
One of the most remarkable features of the Messianic Psalms is found in the prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the cornerstone of the Gospel. If Jesus rose from the grave, who saw him? After His resurrection, Jesus appeared eleven times, as recorded in the four Gospels, Acts and 1 Corinthians. Those who claimed to have seen the risen Jesus went on to turn the world upside down. Most of them died as followers of Christ.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ was predicted not only in the Psalms but also in other books of the Old Testament. Jonah 1:17 is linked to Matthew 12:40: “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.” Thus, Jonah’s experience is seen in the same vein as the coming resurrection.
Prediction is one thing but being fulfilled is another thing. Both Peter and Paul applied this Messianic Psalm in their respective preaching.
Acts 2:29-31 (ESV)
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, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.”
Acts 13.30-37 (ESV)
30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and for many days he appeared to those who had come up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people. 32 And we bring you the good news that what God promised to the fathers, 33 this he has fulfilled to us their children by raising Jesus, as also it is written in the second Psalm,
“‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you.’
34 And as for the fact that he raised him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,
“‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.’
35 Therefore he says also in another psalm,
“‘You will not let your Holy One see corruption.’
36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers and saw corruption, 37 but he whom God raised up did not see corruption.
The Old Testaments prophets went into great detail to describe the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. He fulfilled these prophecies with such accuracy a millennium later, that we can now have full confidence to trust Jesus, who has conquered death, as our Lord and Saviour.
Some of you may have heard about Cryonics: This is a process of freezing and storing the body of a recently deceased and diseased person, to prevent tissue decomposition, so that at some future time the person might be thawed out and brought back to life when a cure for the disease has been developed. The Cryonics Society of New York, has taken as its motto, “Never say die!”. Yet, with all our advances, man is still powerless to prevent death which fills his heart with dread.
Our HOPE is in the Risen Christ who conquered death. Jesus said:
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)
Prayer for Today
Our heavenly Father, the prolonged Covid-19 is like a dark cloud over our heads. Lord, this pandemic has caused untold suffering to many. It becomes a heavy burden on our back. We are discouraged, in despair and even depressed. Sometimes we feel like we are being sucked into a deep, dark pit. We come to You Lord, our Rock, our Shelter, our Fortress, our only HOPE in these difficult times. Thank You Lord, You are our Resurrection and our Life. It is in You we can find our bearing to move forward with significance, purpose and direction. Thank You, Jesus. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV) The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you; do not be discouraged
耶稣基督的复活不只是在诗篇里预言，在其他旧约的书卷也有预言。约拿书1:17被连接到马太福音12:40 ：“约拿怎样三日三夜在大鱼的腹中，人子也要照样三日三夜在地里。” 所以约拿的经历在本质上被看为与那即将到来的复活是一样的。
33 神已经向我们这作儿女的应验 ，叫耶稣复活了。正如诗篇第二篇上记着说 ：
36 大卫在世的时候遵行了神的旨意，就睡了（或 作：大卫按神的旨意服事了他那一世的人，就睡了）， _ 归到他祖宗那里，已见朽坏；37 惟独神所复活的，他並未见朽坏 。_
你们当中有些人可能听过人体冷冻技术：这是一个冷冻并储存刚过世和患病的人遗体的过程，目的是要避免身体组织腐化，好让日后当研发了治愈这疾病的疗法时，这个人可能被解冻并可复活。纽约人体冷冻学会（The Cryonics Society of New York）采用的座右铭是“永不言死！”。可是，尽管取得了这些进步的技术，人类还是毫无能力避免让内心充满恐惧的死亡。
“复活在我，生命也在我。信我的人，虽然死了，也必复活； 26 凡活着信我的人必永远不死。你信这话吗？”（约翰福音 11:25-26）