Four proofs of the Resurrection and Ascension

Can you imagine how it would have felt to realize the Lord was the same One you had crucified 50 days earlier? It would be very much as if you went down to apply for a job, and on the way you got into an automobile accident. And when the other driver got out, you started beating … More

Resurrection

These verses include four proofs of the Lord’s Resurrection and Ascension: 

  1. The empty tomb (vv. 29-31)
  2. The witness of the Resurrection (v. 32)
  3. The witness of the believers (v. 33)
  4. The presence of the Holy Spirit (vv. 34-36)
If the Holy Spirit is in the world, then God must have sent Him. But if Jesus is dead, He cannot send the Spirit; therefore, He must be alive. Furthermore, He could not send the Holy Spirit unless He had returned to heaven to the Father (John 16:7); so Jesus has ascended to heaven! Peter’s conclusion was both a declaration and an accusation: Jesus is your Messiah but you crucified Him.!

Peter’s point is that since David was dead and buried he could not have been referring to himself in Psalm 16:8-11. David was not resurrected, neither did he ascend to heaven (v.34), so these references are to Christ and His Resurrection. Prior to Christ’s Resurrection, the disciples did not believe that He would be raised from the dead. Now they are convinced, and the proof is that they are even willing to be imprisoned. These witnesses are trustworthy. Peter had 120 witnesses to prove it.  There is where Christianity rests its case. Jesus Christ is Lord, whether men know it or not. The very forces which control their lives are dependent upon Him.

Application

It was very important for Peter to establish the truth of the Resurrection. What impresses me most about Peter in these verses is his courage, his knowledge, etc. I want to let Jesus be Lord of my life.

Acts 2:29-36 (English Standard Version)

""Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, "'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.' Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."

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