Day 9: Telling Others About the Resurrection and Ascension

Acts 2:32-36 :

This Jesus God raised up, to which we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted by the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this, which you now see and hear. For David didn’t ascend into the heavens, but he says himself,

‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit by my right hand,
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’
“Let all the house of Israel therefore know certainly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

When we as followers of Christ seek to share the Good News or Gospel about Jesus with others, it is important that we realize how important the resurrection is. In this first recorded Christian sermon, it turns out to be a central issue. Back in our study of Luke I said that without the Resurrection there wouldn’t be any Christianity and this first sermon provides evidence for that belief as well. I was influenced by this passage even more as I prepared to write this down and I am convinced that the resurrection is a good thing to bring up to those we share with in our daily lives. A man really came back from the dead and not only that, He told us He would before He did it. Doesn’t it make sense that a man who predicts His own resurrection should be listened to? This man really was who He said He was and we should be listening to Him.

The Ascension is also an important issue. Here we read that David predicted Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven as well. God glorified this man Jesus and these Jewish men were aware of what that meant. Today, as Gentiles, we don’t really have the same education as these Jews did about the Bible unless we have seriously studied the Old Testament. The Jews were aware of a coming Messiah and that He would be glorified by God. Perhaps they didn’t pay attention to the parts that said He would suffer very much, but here, Peter, by the Holy Spirit, makes it extremely clear that Jesus was killed by them, was resurrected, and ascended into Heaven as the Messiah.