“And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.” –Acts 4:33
The songwriter echoed the words of those who were eyewitnesses of the resurrected Saviour, “I serve a risen Saviour, He’s in the world today, I know that He is living whatever men may say… He lives! He lives! Salvation to impart. You ask me how I know He lives; He lives within my heart.”
The Person of the Resurrection
I was witnessing to a group of high school students in Northfield, Massachusetts several years ago when a student said, “One of my professors told me that he had studied the major religions of the world and that they all basically say the same thing.” I responded, “Jesus Christ declared, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.’ Now, take the words of this One who lived a perfect life, healed the sick and raised the dead and set them beside what your professor said. Consider the credentials of both men and decide who you will believe.”
The Power of the Resurrection
The Lord Jesus Christ is “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25) and “the first fruits of them that slept” (I Corinthians 15:20), because He is “the Son of God with power…by the resurrection from the dead” (Romans 1:4). Jesus Christ conquered death, hell, and the grave by the power of Almighty God – “Death is swallowed up in victory!” Though God-manifest-in-the-flesh was crucified and buried, on the third day, “up from the grave he arose!” The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is the same power that will raise us from the dead – “he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live…believest thou this?” (John 11:25,26)
The Proclamation of the Resurrection
Can you imagine the level of zeal and commitment unto death the disciples would have had for a hoax? Had they stolen His body away, they of all people would have known they were representing a lie. Yet, because they had seen the resurrected Saviour firsthand, “with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 4:33). They gave themselves and all they had to proclaim this message of truth and hope.
Because He lives, we can face whatever He allows to come our way. By grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are more than conquerors. Let’s go tell someone about our risen Saviour today!