Easter Sunday Sermon on Acts 10:34-43
Acts 10:34-43 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Gentiles Hear the Good News
34 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”
*New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
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“Without Jesus’ death, understood as a loving sacrifice for the sins of the world, followed by the resurrection…………then his birth, his connections with Jewish prophecy, his kinship to King David, even the miracles he performed….. are all meaningless. That is why Easter is the central celebration in the Christian year. That is why the Christian calendar moves with careful deliberation towards this event.”
Reflect this week on this simple message: “God has defeated sin and death by raising Jesus from the dead”.
What implications does that realization have on your life? Your eternal life?
May God’s blessings always be upon you, and may you always know the peace of Jesus Christ!
See you next Week!