|Acts 13:23-31 |
23 Of this man's descendants, according to his promise, God has raised up to Israel a Savior,2 Jesus.
24 Before his coming John had preached the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 And as John finished his course, he said, 'Who do you think that I am? I am not He [Christ]. But behold, One comes after me, whose sandals of his feet I am not worthy to loose.'
26 Men and brothers, children of the stock of Abraham, and whoever among you fear God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
27 For those who dwell in Jerusalem and their rulers, because they did not recognize him or the voices of the prophets that are read every Sabbath day, have fulfilled the words of the prophets by condemning him.
28 And though they found no reason for his death, they asked Pilate to have him executed.
29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree [cross], and laid him in a tomb.
30 But God raised him from the dead.
31 And he was seen for many days by those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses to the people.
2 The promise, from Isaiah 49:6-8,
It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel; I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles, that you may be my salvation to the ends of the earth.
And the Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Isaiah 60:3.
Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in a day of salvation have I helped you; and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to restore the earth, to cause them to inherit the desolate heritages; Isa 49:8
I will hold your hand, I will keep you and give you for a covenant to the people, for a light to the Gentiles, to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and those who sit in darkness out of the prison house. Isaiah 42:6-7.
So Jesus was sent in body to Israel and sent as a light to the Gentiles. Men despised him, Israel abhorred him. He was a covenant to the people, to free the prisoners [of sin], and to release those captive to darkness -- to light. In the flesh we are stumbling around in spiritual darkness because of our lack of God's direction. When he restores the light in our hearts, we walk in his light, always being shown by God what he wants us to do and say, which of course is always perfect. We must become led by the Spirit in words and acts — — Jesus like did not judge, speak, or act without the Spirit's specific promptings: