This very verse was applied to Jesus Christ in the New Testament (Acts 2:23-36), when Peter was explaining how important Jesus is to his Jewish audience, trying to convince them of the divinity of Jesus and why they should believe in him as Saviour, different from what their teachers taught them.
He holds the fact of his resurrection as the evidence of his specialness for the people to acknowledge him as Lord.
Corruption means decay and David in the focus verse wrote not about himself, but about a man, Jesus, who will not see decay, as Peter explained. Jesus did not get decomposed in the grave, but rose up after three days.
He had informed his disciples about his death and subsequent rising from the dead (Mark 9:21-22), but they probably did not pay much attention.
They had been preconditioned by their experiences and were unable to imagine the possibility of anyone rising from the dead. Probably, they thought that Jesus was on another of his parables.
Jesus climbed up to heaven (after his resurrection) from Mount Olivet (Acts 1:9-12), and it was declared that he will come down again to that point. And that it has not happened before now does not mean it would not happen as there was no resurrection before Jesus’.
The resurrection of Jesus became the gate to our experience of the same as promised in the bible. We will have an immortal body (1Corinthians 15:45-58). And the very fact that he was going to come down to the earth to heaven, is also an indication of what will happen to us too. We are not called the body of Christ for fun. We will come down from heaven, to rule on the earth, fulfilling the words: the meek will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).
The resurrection, we will experience in Jesus, indicates victory over death. Jesus’ coming to the earth signals our dominion on the earth and the fact that the earth will eventually be finally restored. Jesus came the first time to die, he is coming a second time to rule.
Paul, describing the resurrection of Jesus, said that he was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4). There was a supernatural work on his body, which turned it into an undying prototype, which is victory over death. Death came as the judgment on the sin of man. But Jesus lived a sinless life, he lived above sin, so the judgment on sin cannot continue to stay on him. He cannot remain dead. Sin could not hold him down and he got a resurrected body to authenticate his sinless-ness.
The earth will yet be sinless, the sinless-ness of Jesus will extend to everything under his influence when he comes back to rule, and at that time too, we will be fully manifested the words that Isaiah heard angels said: Holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, all the earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:1-9).
This is the same glory that Jesus manifested and John said he expressed the glory of the father (John 1:14). Through Jesus, the glory of God will shift the atmosphere of the earth to become the rarefied atmosphere of the presence of God. In the presence of God, there is no lack, there is not a sickness.
When Jesus died, the devil and the Pharisees and others who felt their position was threatened by him were happy.
They thought that was his end. But if he were an ordinary man it would have been truly so. But he was no ordinary man, but God in the flesh. He was a new kind of man. When he rose from the dead, he manifested the ultimate victory over death.
Death is a spiritual force that was unleashed on the back of the sin in the Garden of Eden, animated by the devil. And through the resurrection of Jesus a counter force, the Spirit of the life was released, animated by Jesus (Romans 8:1-2).
And when we believe in Jesus we have life in ourselves and have come from death into life. That is the point Jesus was making when he said to some people that if they eat his flesh and drink his blood, which is food indeed and bread indeed, they will live (John 6:51-58).
Food and drink stands for life sustenance. But the life of man is more that physical, man has a spiritual essence being made in the image of God. Hence, the real meaning of eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus, is that he is for our spiritual sustenance, when his flesh is broken and blood poured out.
He told Martha that if anyone believe in him even though he dies, he will live again (John 11), and if anyone believe in him, that person will never die because he is the resurrection and the life. He is the tree of life that God prevented Adam and Eve from assessing in the Garden of Eden, because if they ate of it, no matter what has happened, they will live forever.
Jesus is the vehicle that translates us from darkness to light, giving us a portion with divinity (Colossians 1:13). The enemy thought he will overtake us and subjugate us forever, but the mighty hand of God released through Jesus rescued us. We are no longer slaves, but free.
What happened to the children of Israel coming from Egypt is instructive. The enemy ran after them, but that was his end. (The enemy ran after Jesus to the cross and that was his end.)
Moses at that time sand a song: I will sing unto the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously, the horse and its riders he has thrown into the sea (Exodus 15:1-21).
In the context of the death and resurrection of Jesus, who is the horse? Who is the ride?
The horse is sin and death is the rider.
In the book of Romans, Paul wrote that through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin (Romans 5:12-21).
So Adam was the gatekeeper, he opened the door to the horse called sin, and death was the rider, and death has caused sickness, confusion, destruction, hatred, and helpless.
The horse of sin and the rider death are submerged in the sea of forgetfulness, ending their influence coming after Jesus to his death on the cross.
And the burial in the horse and its rider, as described by Moses is interesting. They sank into the bottom of the seas as if big stones were tied to them, with no possibility of coming up again. At the end, we have only songs of praise to God in our heart to the Holy One, Jesus Christ the Lord.
- 1994.05.08 – The Word of God on the second Sunday after the Resurrection, of the St. apostle Thomas (slideshare.net)
- I was loosed from my afflictions and irons (memoirandremains.wordpress.com)