Today's Reading: Acts 13:26-33
We are certainly preaching the Gospel to you, the promise made to the Fathers, because God has fulfilled this promise for us their children, when He resurrected Jesus. (Acts 13:32-33)
He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. The Scriptures had to be fulfilled--not only because God's Word endures forever: always true, never wrong--but also more importantly, the Scriptures are fulfilled because the Lord made promises, and the Lord always keeps His promises. That's really what the Word is anyway--a record of the Lord's promises.
The promises were made to Adam and Eve, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to David--in fact, to all God's people. He promised to send a Seed who would crush the serpent's head (Genesis 3:15), a Seed in whom all peoples would be blessed (Genesis 12:3), a Seed who would always sit on the throne of David (2 Samuel 7:11).
Jesus is the "Yes" and "Amen" to all these promises (2 Corinthians 1:20). The Lord kept His promises, but it still catches us off guard. It's somewhat unexpected--the promised Seed dies. He dies to ransom us from sin, death, devil, and hell. God dies according to His Word and promise. He saves us, who make promises so quickly and break them so easily.
Not so the Lord! He keeps His promises, and we see this most clearly in the empty tomb. When the Father resurrected Jesus, it was the culmination of all His promises. He raised His Son from the dead. The only promise left is to raise you from the dead. It will happen--it's empty-tomb proven.
The Lord makes promises to save. Not only is the He quick to make these promises, but He always keeps them, too! He's saved you. Jesus died and rose. He delivers it--water, the Word, Body and Blood. You'll be resurrected, too! That's a promise. He is risen indeed! Alleluia! In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.
The day of resurrection! Earth, tell it out abroad, The passover of gladness, The passover of God. From death to life eternal, From sin's dominion free, Our Christ has brought us over With hymns of victory. (The Day of Resurrection, LSB 478:1)