“But God raised Him from the dead; and for many days He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people. “And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers,” (Acts 13:30–32, NASB95)

Paul makes an interesting comment here as he is preaching in the synagogue at Pisidian Antioch. He recounts Jesus’ death and the fact that God raised him from the dead and then this: “We preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers.”  Literally, this can read: “We proclaimed the good news of the good news proclamation of the promise made to the fathers.”  “Preach” and “good news” in the Greek are the exact same word.

The “good news” was “of the promise made to the fathers.”  The word “promise” is used in every case but one in the New Testament to refer to the promises of God.  In other words, Paul is saying that God had promised something in the past and that God had now fulfilled/delivered on his promise and that fulfillment was to be found in the person and work of Jesus of Nazareth.

What we are looking for as Jews, says Paul, is to be found in Jesus and only in Jesus.  A startling message to the Jews in Pisidian Antioch and many came to faith because of it.

Funny thing.  This same message applies to we who are Gentiles.  What we are looking for (something/someone to fix our sins to make us right with God) is to be found in the person and work of Jesus.

In other words, dear reader, Paul is speaking to you here.

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