…the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.

The resurrection of Jesus was the focus of the apostle’s teaching. They were eye-witnesses of an event that changed everything for them and for the world.

The memory was fresh in their minds and even with the miracles to confirm their message; there must have been the look of sincerity in their eyes and the ring of truthfulness in their voices that impressed their audiences.
Jesus lives! People can live again!

The implication of their message staggered the imagination. Throughout human history people died. Now something new!

This idea captivated the people who heard it for the first time, and more and more decided to follow Jesus - …many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand.

The reality of a resurrection attracts and changes people. It changed the apostles. Once fearful, they now courageously preach Jesus even though it means beatings, imprisonment and death. They know Jesus will also provide a resurrection for them.

The religious leaders attempt to stop their message. They are losing followers.

The apostle’s response to those who threatened them?

Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.

Death is no longer a dread to them. Nor for any student of the Teacher. We have His promise.

The resurrection of Jesus changes everything!

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