Acts 2:14-47; Deuteronomy 15-16; Job 11
Facts can be pesky things, if they don’t support your viewpoint, or they can be pillars of truth that guide us. We see that in life all the time. On the day of Pentecost as the Holy Spirit indwelled each of the followers of Christ and their multi-lingual praise drew pilgrims from around the city, Peter preached the first sermon. He uses an interesting phrase talking about Jesus. “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.” (Acts 2:32) They were all witnesses to the fact of the Resurrection. They had been there when Jesus was put to death. They had heard the stories about the empty tomb and most likely knew people who had gone there, if they hadn’t themselves. It was only fifty days after the resurrection and even if people weren’t sure what to believe about the story, they had all heard it. 3000 people repented and committed to follow Jesus after the sermon. Those people, living in those times who knew the whole story, believed in the Resurrection. Today we find it easy to dismiss the story of the Resurrection. “It’s not scientific.” “It couldn’t have happened.” Christian faith is built upon the truth of the Resurrection. If there is no resurrection, as Paul would write, we are of all men most to be pitied. Without the resurrection, there is no basis for following Jesus. On the other hand, if the Resurrection is true, if God really did raise this Jesus to life, conquering death’s hold, then how can I do anything but follow this God and commit my life to Him? The choice set before each of us is clear. How we choose to answer the question of the Resurrection determines how we will live this life and how we will spend the afterlife. I choose to follow Jesus.
Lord God, I choose to believe in You and in the truth of the Resurrection. You alone have the power over death. You alone grant eternal life. Let me experience that quality of life each and every day I am here on earth and then celebrate with You when my life on earth is finished.