April 8, 2007
When the stone was rolled in place at the entrance of Jesus’ tomb, hopes and dreams were crushed and the story appeared to end. The disciples were disheartened—and yet shortly after, Peter was boldly proclaiming that Christ was Lord and had defeated death. How do we make sense of this about-face? According to Alistair Begg, the only credible explanation is that Jesus rose from the dead. This evidence, though, can’t compel faith; it can only challenge unbelief. It is our responsibility, in the end, to receive the salvation Christ offers.
32This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.
44It was now about the sixth hour,5 and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour,6 45while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. 47Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” 48And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts. 49And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance watching these things.
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