We began a new sermon series yesterday morning titled, “Unexpected.” During this series of sermons we will be looking at the first four chapters of the book of Acts. Yesterday’s message was from Acts 1 about “Unexpected Opportunities.” After Jesus’ resurrection the apostles were not expecting what happened. The Holy Spirit came on them and the opportunity was presented for them to be witnesses of Jesus’ death and resurrection. The first gospel sermon was preached on the day of Pentecost and 3,000 were baptized into Christ. Pentecost has become the birthday of the church. This coming Lord’s Day, May 5, we will look at “Unexpected Surgery”, from Acts 2.
Was Jesus the only one to ever raise from the dead? The answer to that question is obviously NO! The Bible records several accounts of resurrection in both the Old and New Testaments. Consider the following:
son of the widow of Zarephath – 1 Kings 17:17-24
son of the Shunammite woman – 2 Kings 4:18-37
the man raised out of Elisha’s grave – 2 Kings 13:20-21
the son of the widow of Nain – Luke 7:11-17
Jairus’ daughter – Luke 8:52-56
Lazarus at Bethany – John 11
dead saints in Jerusalem – Matthew 27:50-53
Tabitha (Dorcas) – Acts 9:36-43
Eutychus – Acts 20:7-12
Jesus – all the gospel accounts
Because of resurrection we never need to discouraged or be in despair. No matter how bleak things look in our lives consider they are nothing compared to the power of God who raised the dead. Surely He has the power to change me and to change my life’s situations. Thank God for the promise of resurrection from death to life that is everlasting.