Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Easter : The Resurrection


This message was preached at Word Of Grace Church on April 17th 2022  by Colin via zoom. For the audio & video please click here.  To listen to the worship please click here.

We all know about Christmas. The whole world knows about it.

However, not many people know about Easter. What exactly do we celebrate?

On Good Friday we celebrate Jesus died for our sins.

On Easter, we celebrate His resurrection. HE bodily rose from the grave.

The first sermon in Acts spoke about the resurrection. So, for Christians, the Resurrection is very very important. Throughout Acts you see the disciples speak about the Resurrection.

Our text for today is ACTS 2:22

Peter preaches this amazing word. V24- God raised Him up from the dead – this is the Easter celebration.



The resurrection is not a fairytale. It's not a story but HISTORY. We know where he was born and who the emperor was at that time. Jesus lived on earth as a man in time and history. Peter told them that they killed Jesus. However, it was all according to God’s plan. But God raised him from the dead.

Matt 28: 1

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”


1Cor 15: For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.


So, there were many eyewitnesses to Jesus’ resurrection. This Resurrection is the hinge that holds up our Christian faith. The religious leaders tried to cover up the resurrection and deny it.

So, when we share the gospel, we must share the resurrection story


Death was conquered. - the greatest enemy of mankind is death and Jesus conquered it. Death could not hold him in the grave.

Scripture was confirmed. Ps 16: 8-10 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful[b] one see decay.


Peter tells them that this psalm is prophesying about Jesus.


V33 – Christ is exalted Phil 2: 8-9 Jesus became obedient to death, death on a cross. One day everyone will bow to Jesus. We have the privilege to bow before now and willingly. But the day when He comes back people will be forced to bow their knee


The Holy Spirit has been given Jesus has to ascend to heaven for the Holy Spirit to be poured out for us.


Time is flying. One  day neither of us will be on this earth anymore. Our life on this earth is a twinkle. But our life with Jesus will be forever and ever.

The wicked will get away with their things for a little while- but they will face judgement for what they have done. We will be with Jesus forever. Death is just an entrance into Jesus’ presence. That is the great Hope we have. So, no matter what we are struggling with, we have a great HOPE and Jesus has made a way for us.



V37 – when people heard Peter’s sermon they were convicted and believed what Peter said and asked what they should do.

Peter told them that they need to repent and be baptized. And then we will receive the Holy Spirit which is a seal on our faith.

V41 - They were added to the church where they fulfil their plans and purposes in God

If you have never repented of your sins and acknowledged Jesus as your saviour, you can do it today.

For Christ-followers this is our response. 1 Cor 15:1

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

There is an “if” there – We must hold onto the truth. The proof of your salvation is a transformed life. Making a prayer 20 years ago is useless if your life is not changed. Obedience to the word is important.

We are saved by faith alone – but the faith that saves is never alone.

 Is my life transformed, do I love the word, to fellowship with his people? The fruit is a transformed life.

   Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again),  Spirit-filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that has people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service.  Word of Grace is a part of a wider international family of Churches called RegionsBeyond.To know more about us please log onto www.wordofgracechurch.org.  




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