Jesus' resurrection God's ultimate act of defeating death
By D. Clay Perkins
Saturday, January 12, 2019
“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” — Psalm 16:11 (The Bible, New International Version)
Who does not want to know the path of life? Who would not want to be at peace in the presence of God? And why would anyone not want eternal pleasure secured by the greatest sustainer and protector?
Sign me up! And I am sure you would say the same. You may not know that this path to life is found in history. It was a historic event that changed our calendar system forever. It was a moment in time that has granted us eternal time. Life is based on the resurrection of Jesus. We have a God who is so powerful that He raised Jesus, His son, from the dead. Jesus’ resurrection thereby secured life over death.
In Psalm 16 David reflects on life as he deals with pleading for protection against the real threat of death. His life was full of danger and chaos. At this point in his life, David turns his thoughts to God’s future greatest act — the resurrection of Jesus — in a prophetic way. Long before it ever happened, the resurrection — God’s ultimate act of defeating death with life — was David’s focus.
Indeed, God is our refuge (verses 1-2). In Him we find safety and goodness. We need to look no further than God to find safety. We will not be secure in our bunkers or safe houses. Has there ever been a fortress so strong that was unbreakable? We need to look no further than God to find goodness. Who has not been let down by the unkindness of others? But with a god who can raise someone from the grave, we find both safety and goodness that can be relied upon. God provides security that cannot be broken. And He provides goodness beyond measure.
God alone is Lord (verses 3-4). This can be difficult to wrap our heads around in a pluralistic society. But, saints are secure. Sinners are lost. No other god has raised His son from the dead. This truth is paramount.
God is a blessing (verses 5-8). It is good to be in the family. If you are in this tribe you have security, a delightful inheritance, clear instructions for life, and a foundation that cannot be shaken. Who would not want to join this tribe? Who would not want to be a descendant?
God is life forevermore (verses 9-11). What a thought! God will save us even when we die. We realize that the resurrection of Christ means that what God promises, He delivers. We are held by this hope until we see Jesus face to face.
It is no wonder that when Peter preached one of the first sermons in the early church (Acts 2) he quoted Psalm 16. David’s reflections on the resurrection, before it ever happened, reminds us God proves he is capable and will save us by first saving Jesus.
Now what will you do with the fact that God is a god so powerful that He brought His son back to life after He was dead for three days? What are you going to do with the fact that God can keep you from dying?
Clay Perkins is an adjunct professor at Mid-Atlantic Christian University. The opinions expressed in this column belong to the author and may not be those of the university.