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Focus Verses: Acts 26:25-27
25 "I am not insane, most excellent Festus," Paul replied. "What I am saying is true and reasonable. 26 The
king is familiar with these things, and I can speak freely to him. I
am convinced that none of this has escaped his notice, because it was
not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do."
Paul testified before King Agrippa, he explained that his belief in
the possibility of resurrection did not contradict his Jewish beliefs
or background. Even as a Pharisee Paul would have accepted the
possibility of resurrection. He admitted that early on, he too opposed
the Christians, and was, in fact, obsessed with opposing them. One
day, however, he came face to face with the resurrected Jesus himself.
told Agrippa that he had become convinced that the suffering, death,
burial, and resurrection were exactly what Moses and prophets said
would happen. What's more, Paul said, he was sure Agrippa was already
familiar with the accounts of Jesus' resurrection, since none of the
things he was describing were "done in a corner."
Response and Action:
could turn a Pharisee who opposed the followers of Jesus into a
believer and bold ambassador for Jesus? 1) his realization that Jesus'
resurrection was consistent with his faith in God; 2) his discovery
that the suffering and resurrection of Jesus were actually consistent
with Jewish prophecy; 3) his face-to-face encounter with the
resurrected Jesus; and, 4) the wide-spread testimony of so many others
who had also seen and encountered the resurrected Christ.
faith and confidence in the resurrected Jesus grows stronger: 1) as I
am discovering that it is reasonable and not inconsistent with other
forms of knowledge; 2) as I am testing and proving my faith through my
practice and daily life; 3) as I am finding the claims of Jesus and
the Apostles to be consistent with the hopes and promises of the
Hebrew Scriptures; 4) as I consider the experiential and historical
testimony of so many others who have considered the claims of Christ.
God, I believe that you have the power of life and death.
Resurrection is not too difficult for you. I see from reading
scripture that Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection are
perfectly consistent with prophecy. My own walk with Jesus has
confirmed and strengthened my faith. The countless testimonies of
people throughout history and around the world serve to increase my
belief. May the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead raise and
transform my life. Through Christ, I pray. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Hebrews 12:2
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics
by William Lane Craig