He foresaw and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ.

Did David really know about Jesus and his resurrection? Not exactly. But he had received a promise from God that one of his descendants would reign forever, and he clung to that promise (2 Samuel 7:12-16). And not just David. All of Israel eagerly looked forward to the promised “Son of David” who would restore Israel (Matthew 12:23).

So what does all this have to do with us on Easter Monday? Simply that, in Christ, we have received an even better promise: because death could not overcome Jesus and because we have been baptized into Christ, then death won’t defeat us either. Death is not the end for us!

Let’s take a few moments to reflect on some of God’s other promises to us—promises that are also fulfilled in Jesus’ resurrection.

God has promised to renew creation. As Jesus’ crucified body was resurrected and glorified, ours will be too. Disease, pain, and anxiety will be swallowed up. Jesus will make all things new, not just us (Revelation 21:5). He will restore all of creation.

God has promised to reconcile his people. There will be no more war, injustice, or division. Jesus will gather his Church from across all time and space, and he will make us into one family of God. We’ll even be reunited with our loved ones in Christ who have passed away.

God has promised to reward his servants. We can’t imagine the joy that awaits us in God’s presence—but it doesn’t hurt to try. Even now, he’s preparing to reward every sacrificial act of love, no matter how small.

Like David, no one knows exactly how or when these things will happen. But God will keep his word. Is there an element of God’s promise that’s especially meaningful for you today? As you pray, try to take hold of it and let the hope of Easter fill your heart.

“Lord, thank you for your faithfulness to your promises!”

Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
Matthew 28:8-15
Acts 2:14,22-33


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