God Raised Him from the Dead Because It Was Impossible for Death to Keep its Hold on Him (Acts 2:24)


Acts 2:24New International Version (NIV)

24 But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.


According to science and the natural order, which statement is true?

It is impossible for the dead to return to life.

It is impossible for the dead to stay dead. 

Even movies like The Night of the Living Dead play on our rock-solid assumption that dead people are meant to remain in the graves.


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In his sermon on the day of Pentecost, Peter told his audience that Jesus of Nazareth had indeed died, put to death at their hands only weeks before. For the members of that audience, that should have been the end. If even the great King David’s body lay entombed in Jerusalem, how much more this troublesome prophet from Galilee (Acts 2:29). 

But in Jesus, God turned the normal course of nature on its head. He reversed the poles; He turned the impossibility of coming back to life to the impossibility of staying dead. He raised Jesus to life and exalted Him to His right hand (Acts 2:32-33)


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May we bow in worship to the One who turned His funeral upside-down and opened a new world of (im)possibilities. 


– From 365 Encouraging Verses of the Bible, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.


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