The fact that God raised him from the dead, never to decay, is stated in these words:” ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’
Paul is quoting Isaiah 55:3 “Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.”
Once again I cannot overstate that when they heard one quote they knew where it was quoted from and they also knew the context, they could recite the verses around it and more importantly they knew why Paul was quoting it.
Isaiah announced the Messiah proclaiming, ‘Come all you who are thirsty, come to the waters,’ precisely what Jesus came announcing in John 7 where streams of living water will flow out of our lives.
He should be sought. ‘Seek the Lord while He may be found.’ v6
But they didn’t seek after Him and their thirst was not satisfied.
But as He is everlasting then He can be sought now, that’s the impact of what Paul is saying.
You may have missed him once but you can seek after Him now.
The Christmas story is not about a baby Jesus, meek and mild, no crying he makes in his manger. Any more than the Easter story is about a vulnerable, naked, innocent man wrongfully accused and sentenced.
From the beginning of his life Jesus is everlasting within a babies body and at the end the cross could not hold him and his body never decayed because He is from everlasting to everlasting!
That’s not a baby you see, that’s the fulfilment of prophecies over 700 years before he came.
Today the magi search, the shepherds search, everyone can search. In your searching you will find not someone who lived but someone who is eternal. He is Alpha and Omega, beginning and the end. He was there before creation and He was there in the manger as a baby boy. God can magnify Himself and He can reduce Himself, because God is eternal.
May your search show you His eternal power.