In 1992 we took 75 young people on a three week Missions trip to Russia. This was soon after the Iron Curtain of Communism came down and the country was wide open for us to preach the Gospel of Christ to people in schools, churches, prisons, hospitals and even on the streets. A s … More
Peter has just finished the introduction of his sermon to this large crowd at Pentecost. He now tells this doubting crowd that Jesus is Messiah (vv. 22). This is the theme of his message.
It insists that the Cross was no accident. It belonged to the eternal plan of God (v. 23). Acts states this same thing over and over again (3:18; 4:28; 13:29).
Notice those words; “miracles, wonders and signs (v. 22).” The New Testament records only 36 miracles that Jesus performed. This would average out to one a month for the three years of His public ministry. There are people today who see something unusual happen and say, “What a miracle!” What they see is not a miracle. A miracle is a supernatural work done by a man of God to prove he is God’s man. God is not approving men today by miracles. He approves men today by faithfulness to the Word of God.
Who killed Jesus? It seems to say that the Jews did (v. 23). The fact that the first-century Jews delivered Christ to death is relatively important. The fact that the Gentiles did the actual nailing of His body to the cross is also important. However, Jesus said, “No one takes my life from me. I lay it down on my own accord.” Death could not hold Him in its power (vv. 24-28).
To help these unbelievers come to faith in Christ, Peter shows proof that Jesus arose from the dead. This fact is important in helping non-believers come to faith in Jesus Christ. Fulfilled prophecy was also a big help? When I trusted Christ, this helped convince me of my need for Him?
"Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know-- this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. For David says concerning him, "'I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence."'
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Acts 1:1-5Waiting for the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:6-11Commissioned to Witness Everywhere
Acts 1:12-14Unity In Prayer Among the Brethren
Acts 1:15-26Peter Leads The Prayer Meeting
Acts 2:1-13A Special Sign for the Early Church
Acts 2:14-21Peter Preaches On Prophecy
Acts 2:22-28Peter Proclaims Jesus’ Resurrection Power
Acts 2:29-36Four proofs of the Resurrection and Ascension
Acts 2:37-47Characteristics of the early Church
Acts 3:1-10A lame man healed
Acts 3:11-16Supernatural healing of the crippled man
Acts 3:17-26Peter’s Message of Repentance
Acts 4:1-12Early Church Persecuted for their Faith
Acts 4:13-22Boldness Brings Results
Acts 4:23-31Prayer Produces Unity
Acts 4:32-37Sharing Shows Brotherly-Love
Acts 5:1-11Ananias & Sapphira Hide the Truth & Suffer Consequences
Acts 5:12-16Effective Church Ministry
Acts 5:17-32Obedience to God and Man
Acts 5:33-42Gamaliel Convinces the Council – No Persecution