Life or Death

Matthew 16:20-22, And He gave the disciples orders to tell no one that He was the Messiah. From then on Jesus began to point out to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, “Oh no, Lord! This will never happen to You!”

Acts 4:1-2, “Now as they (Peter & John) were speaking to the people, the priests, the commander of the temple police, and the Sadducees confronted them, because they were provoked that they were teaching the people and proclaiming the resurrection from the dead, using Jesus as the example.”

As Christians we know that Jesus died for our sin, was crucified on a cross, buried in a tomb, and on the third day He arose from the dead, leaving behind an empty tomb.

This is the message of the gospel. And just like in the time of Peter and John, there are still Sadducees who are infuriated by the preaching of this message.

At one point during the ministry of Christ, He told some of these religious but faithless men that they were mistaken in their understanding of the resurrection, He said that they didn’t know the Scriptures nor did they know and understand the power of God.

The resurrection is a heavenly matter. It is not one that can be understood or explained in earthly terms.

As we approach the calendar celebration of this blessed event, let us seek to live as though we not only believe in the resurrection of our Savior but walk in it as well.

There will always be Sadducees, there will always be those who do not believe, there will always be those who are willing to compromise their conviction.

Dear Father in heaven,                                                                                                        We know that it is with an inadequate understanding of our carnal minds that we profess to understand the reality of Your resurrection. So open our hearts by Your Spirit to receive a far greater vision of the truth so that we can walk in faith in that reality. Show us by Your Word how to do that, even now as the doubters and the Sadducees increase their attack of our faith in You. In Jesus Name, Amen

 

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