At Antioch in a Jewish synagogue, Paul takes his listeners through a tapestry of Israelite history & fulfilled prophecy, culminating in the good news.
The Jewish people knew the scriptures & promises, but in many ways they had passed from a true faith into something more like a cultural identifier.
As Paul points out in verse 28,the people & their leaders did not RECOGNISE Jesus the messiah, even though they read prophecy’s about him every Sabbath in church.
Had they stopped looking? Were they simply content to HAVE a religion with no outcomes?
Perhaps, since ‘they found no legal reason to execute Jesus, but they asked Pilate to have him killed anyway’ (verse 28)
But the resurrection fulfilled a prophecy that leaves no room for spiritual complacency.
‘You will not allow your Holy One to rot in the grave’ (verse 35)
Paul’s listeners were confronted with very good news... that what they’d waited for as a nation and as individuals had happened.
In verse 38 Paul sums up all they could hope for... That through Jesus there is forgiveness of sins.
But verse 39 describes what they (and we) could never have imagined... That upon believing, the law of Moses is completely fulfilled on our behalf and we are made right with God in the same way Abraham was ... Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.