Friday, April 13, 2007

A Reflection on Jesus' Ressurection

Acts 4:1-12, Psalm 118, John 21:1-14
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From Presentation Ministries:

"They brought Peter and John before them and began the interrogation in
this fashion: 'By what power or in whose name have men of your stripe done
this?' " —Acts 4:7

Possibly the greatest proof of the resurrection is not the empty tomb or
Jesus' various appearances but the transformation of His disciples. Before
His resurrection and Pentecost, Peter denied Christ three times, and the
other apostles, with the exception of John (Jn 19:26), didn't even have
enough courage to put themselves in a dangerous, "deniable" position.
Peter was the most courageous of the lot but still a coward.

After Pentecost, however, Peter and the disciples boldly stood before
thousands and proclaimed the risen Christ. Even in court, before judges
and dignitaries, Peter and John were not intimidated. They boldly
proclaimed Jesus as the Stone rejected by the builders that became the
Cornerstone, and the only Name by which the world can be saved (Acts

This dramatic transformation can be explained only by the reality of the
resurrection. We need to see and be the same kind of
resurrection-witnesses today. The world is secretly watching us Christians
to see whether we will walk like we talk. It doesn't believe we really
believe. We must change and boldly proclaim the risen Christ. Then the
world must take notice and begin to entertain the thought that Jesus'
resurrection is real and the most important event in world history.

Prayer: Jesus, may I burn with a desire to tell people about You and Your

Promise: They "took so many fish they could not haul the net in. Then the
disciple Jesus loved cried out to Peter, 'It is the Lord!' " —Jn

Praise: Alleluia! Praise the Risen Jesus, Who calls us each by name!

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