Bible: Acts 13:16-43
“Men of Israel, 3 and you Gentiles who fear God, 4 listen: 13:17 The God of this people Israel 5 chose our ancestors 6 and made the people great 7 during their stay as foreigners 8 in the country 9 of Egypt, and with uplifted arm 10 he led them out of it. 13:18 For 11 a period of about forty years he put up with 12 them in the wilderness. 13 13:19 After 14 he had destroyed 15 seven nations 16 in the land of Canaan, he gave his people their land as an inheritance. 17 13:20 All this took 18 about four hundred fifty years. After this 19 he gave them judges until the time of 20 Samuel the prophet. 13:21 Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled 21 forty years. 13:22 After removing him, God 22 raised up 23 David their king. He testified about him: 24 ‘I have found David 25 the son of Jesse to be a man after my heart, 26 who will accomplish everything I want him to do.’ 27 13:23 From the descendants 28 of this man 29 God brought to Israel a Savior, Jesus, just as he promised. 30 13:24 Before 31 Jesus 32 arrived, John 33 had proclaimed a baptism for repentance 34 to all the people of Israel. 13:25 But while John was completing his mission, 35 he said repeatedly, 36 ‘What do you think I am? I am not he. But look, one is coming after me. I am not worthy to untie the sandals on his feet!’ 37 13:26 Brothers, 38 descendants 39 of Abraham’s family, 40 and those Gentiles among you who fear God, 41 the message 42 of this salvation has been sent to us. 13:27 For the people who live in Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize 43 him, 44 and they fulfilled the sayings 45 of the prophets that are read every Sabbath by condemning 46 him. 47 13:28 Though 48 they found 49 no basis 50 for a death sentence, 51 they asked Pilate to have him executed. 13:29 When they had accomplished 52 everything that was written 53 about him, they took him down 54 from the cross 55 and placed him 56 in a tomb. 13:30 But God raised 57 him from the dead, 13:31 and 58 for many days he appeared to those who had accompanied 59 him from Galilee to Jerusalem. These 60 are now his witnesses to the people. 13:32 And we proclaim to you the good news about the promise to our ancestors, 61 13:33 that this promise 62 God has fulfilled to us, their children, by raising 63 Jesus, as also it is written in the second psalm, ‘You are my Son; 64 today I have fathered you.’ 65 13:34 But regarding the fact that he has raised Jesus 66 from the dead, never 67 again to be 68 in a state of decay, God 69 has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you 70 the holy and trustworthy promises 71 made to David.’ 72 13:35 Therefore he also says in another psalm, 73 ‘You will not permit your Holy One 74 to experience 75 decay.’ 76 13:36 For David, after he had served 77 God’s purpose in his own generation, died, 78 was buried with his ancestors, 79 and experienced 80 decay, 13:37 but the one 81 whom God raised up did not experience 82 decay. 13:38 Therefore let it be known to you, brothers, that through this one 83 forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 13:39 and by this one 84 everyone who believes is justified 85 from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify 86 you. 87 13:40 Watch out, 88 then, that what is spoken about by 89 the prophets does not happen to you:
13:41 ‘Look, you scoffers; be amazed and perish! 90
For I am doing a work in your days,
a work you would never believe, even if someone tells you.’” 91
13:42 As Paul and Barnabas 92 were going out, 93 the people 94 were urging 95 them to speak about these things 96 on the next Sabbath. 13:43 When the meeting of the synagogue 97 had broken up, 98 many of the Jews and God-fearing proselytes 99 followed Paul and Barnabas, who were speaking with them and were persuading 100 them 101 to continue 102 in the grace of God.