‘Courage & the Resurrection’

Acts 4:1-2

“The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.”

The temple authorities were ‘greatly disturbed’.  Other translations use the word:

– troubled

– annoyed 

– provoked

It wasn’t the healing and the commotion that disturbed them. It was the teaching about Jesus and specifically about ‘his resurrection from being dead ’. 

Acts 3:15-16

“You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see was made strong.”

Peter stated that God the Father had raised Jesus from the dead and they were witnesses of this. Peter and John were simply ‘witnessing’ to the crowd. 

Peter made it a priority to declare the resurrection. He did this previously as well:

Acts 2:23-24

“With the help of lawless Gentiles, you nailed him to a cross and killed him. But God released him from death and raised him back to life, for death could not keep him in its grip.”

Peter made it a point when he was a witness to others about Jesus to boldly share about both “Friday” and “Sunday”. 


Father, I praise you this morning for conquering death by raising Jesus from the grave. Please remind me as I witness to others to declare not just that Jesus died for me but that he was raised for me as well. In His Name I pray, Amen!

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