his 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 REALITY, THE RESULT, THE RESPONSE
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.
1Cor 15: 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6 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. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 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.
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. 2 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.