The Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead
The resurrection from the dead is a foundational doctrine of Jesus Christ and Christianity. What did these apostles preach about the resurrection from the dead that irate these people?
Today, we continue our Book of Acts Bible Study. Our reference is Acts 4:1-4.
“And as [Peter and John] spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them (Acts 4:1).
In the verse of scripture immediately above, we observe three groups of people. However, the last group, the Sadducees is most relevant to this discussion.
They neither believe in angels nor in the resurrection from the dead (Matthew 22:23; Luke 20:27).
Therefore, when the apostles preached that God “raised up” Jesus Christ from the dead, they were furious, (Acts 3:26).
They Preached Through Jesus the Resurrection From the Dead and this Happened
The Beloved Physician, Luke, describes it thus:
“Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead” (Acts 4:2).
These three groups of religious people were so mad with the apostles for preaching that Jesus Christ rose from the dead that they arrested them.
“And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide” (Acts 4:3).
They kept Peter and John “in hold” overnight.
Despite their arrest it was worth the inconvenience. Because five thousand people believed in the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
We know this for Luke tells us.
“Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand” (Acts 4:4).
Today, there are people who, just as the Sadducees, do not believe in the resurrection from the dead. They openly reject the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Nevertheless, they embrace vampires and the “undead”. These skeptics read these literature and watch these movies. They never miss watching an episode of “the Walking Dead” and others of a similar nature.
But they refuse to believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. He is alive. After his resurrection from the dead he was with his apostles for forty days. He ate with them. They touched him and asked him questions. And still they fail to believe it, but embrace a figment of someone’s imagination!
Do You Want to Participate in the Resurrection from the dead in the last day?
Similarly, today some Christians are imprisoned for the name of Jesus Christ. They continue to experience hardship for teaching and preaching that Jesus is alive. And many more refuse to accept the resurrection from the dead.
These are examples of the violence that the Kingdom of Heaven continues to face (Matthew 11:12). And there is no preaching or teaching of it, without the instruction of the resurrection from the dead.
Finally, I implore you, believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Then participate in the resurrection from the dead in the last day. He did it to demonstrate to us how we will accomplish the similar thing later.
But now you must believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and believe in his name.