The sermons of the apostles centered upon the Resurrection of Christ. This event was the single greatest historical event of human history and they witnessed with their own eyes. What effects did they see the resurrection of Christ to accomplish?
- They saw the resurrection of Christ as a the evidence of Christ’s Messiahship “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God hath made that same Jesus whom ye crucified both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)
- They saw the resurrection of Christ as the provision for the remission of sins. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you for the remission of sins.” (Acts 2:38)
- They saw the resurrection of Christ as the guarantee of the indwelling Holy Spirit. “Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted and having received of the father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he had shed forth this which ye now see and hear.” (Acts 2:33)
- They saw the resurrection of Christ as the source of power to reverse the effects of darkness brokenness and sin. “And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong whom ye see and know. yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:16) “Be it known unto you all and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.” (Acts 4:10).
- They saw the resurrection of Christ as the motivation for bold testimony to Christ in the face of persecution. “But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19-20)
- They saw the resurrection of Christ as the first fruit of our own bodily resurrection. “But now Christ is risen from the dead and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. (1 Corinthians 15:20-23)