Sunday, April 04, 2010

God Raised Jesus From The Dead!

Journey To The Cross Series

Acts 2:22-24 "People of Israel, listen! God publicly endorsed Jesus the Nazarene by doing powerful miracles, wonders, and signs through Him, as you well know. 23 But God knew what would happen, and His prearranged plan was carried out when Jesus was betrayed. With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed Him to a cross and killed Him. 24 But God released Him from the horrors of death and raised Him back to life, for death could not keep Him in its grip.

Acts 2:32,36 "God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!"

During his ministry years Jesus proved himself every day, it seems that there wasn't a single day that went by that he didn't perform a miracle of some sort, if he wasn't walking on water or healing somebody, then he was feeding a multitude from a lunch box. All a part of the plan!

Does it look like the plan failed? Jesus was betrayed, turned over to the jealous religious leaders, passed on to the ruthless Romans so that Jesus would be nailed to a cross. All of which was predicted by the prophets hundreds of years ago.

No the plan hasn't failed, this was just the next step, the ultimate proof! Jesus Christ is raised back to life!

Just a couple of months before Peter preached this sermon, Jesus was seen many times, there were plenty of witnesses, plenty of people that were around town that could have been asked. The people that heard this sermon didn't have to believe a story that Peter made up, they didn't have to have very much faith to believe that Jesus came back from the dead, the news was all over town.

Let there be no doubt! Jesus came back from the dead and he is our Lord and Messiah. Jesus proved in his life and through his death that he is the Messiah. God's plan to build a bridge to us was completed!

Romans 4:25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and He was raised to life to make us right with God.