the greatest impossibility
Those who oppose the Bible and Christian faith down through the centuries have done all they could to prove that Jesus died and did not come back to life, but without success. In Peter’s first sermon, he acknowledges that Jesus was “crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men” (Acts 2:23). But they did not and could not calculate that there are a few impossibilities that either we accept or fight against to our own eternal loss. Consider carefully and thoughtfully the following words of Peter as he continues his powerful sermon:
“God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it.” (2:24).
Why was it impossible for Jesus to be held more than three days by death? We find a pivotal answer to this question in John’s Gospel: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4). Life existed in Jesus and could not be separated from who He was except when He laid it down in order that He might take it again (10:17). Notice also the authority that was behind this act of power and grace: “No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”” (John 10:18).
How thankful we must be for God’s impossibilities! Now is the time to worship!
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