You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down
People can follow endless new religions created by man, but there is only one faith where God chose to die on behalf of His people. Other “prophets” or “gods” or “good men” died, but you can’t keep a good man down. You cannot keep a perfect, Holy, Son of God in the grave for long. And in the book of Acts, we see the impact of the life of Christ and the Holy Spirit to work through Christ-followers to reach this world with the love of God.
Bible Reading of the Day: Acts 1-2
We are starting the book of Acts today, the second book written by Luke. Some consider it part two of the Gospel of Luke. According to Gotquestions.org, “The book of Acts was written to provide a history of the early church. The emphasis of the book is the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Acts records the apostles being Christ’s witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the surrounding world. The book of Acts sheds light on the gift of the Holy Spirit, who empowers, guides, teaches, and serves as our Counselor.”
Luke wrote to Theophilus and wanted the Roman rulers to know what was true about Christians. Now thousands of years later, we are witnesses of the Pentecost as we read through these pages. The Holy Spirit filled God’s people so they prophesy. And God’s people did miracles as the church and the Gospel spread.
You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down—Christ is alive!
Peter gives a sermon to explain the speaking in tongues as well as what had transpired through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“Fellow Israelites, listen to these words: This Jesus of Nazareth was a man attested to you by God with miracles, wonders, and signs that God did among you through him, just as you yourselves know. 23 Though he was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail him to a cross and kill him. 24 God raised him up, ending the pains of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by death.”
You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down—Jesus is Messiah
Using a Psalm in which David prophesied of Christ in Psalm 16:8–11, Peter explained how Christ fulfilled this prophecy.
29 “Brothers and sisters, I can confidently speak to you about the patriarch David: He is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn an oath to him to seat one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Seeing what was to come, he spoke concerning the resurrection of the Messiah: He was not abandoned in Hades, and his flesh did not experience decay.
32 “God has raised this Jesus; we are all witnesses of this. 33 Therefore, since he has been exalted to the right hand of God and has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit, he has poured out what you both see and hear. 34 For it was not David who ascended into the heavens, but he himself says: The Lord declared to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand 35 until I make your enemies your footstool.’ 36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”
Ultimately, Peter then called God’s people to repentance. Friends, what are you going to do with the facts of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection? How will it impact the way you live?
The people Peter preached to were convicted. This conviction impacted their lives and faithfulness to God and the church.
You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down—God’s Truth Convicts Us
“37 When they heard this, they were pierced to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”
The good news is that God’s truth convicts us, but it does not condemn us unless we remain hard-hearted and do not repent. What is it that keeps you from being right with God? Repent. Turn from sin and run toward God. God came to set us free from sin. We do not have to be enslaved anymore.
In conclusion, when we have had a heart change, we can help others to, also. The people who Peter preached to long ago were devoted to God and His church. May we be, also. May we never cease to share the most beautiful message on this earth. We have power and strength to rise above sin and lie this message out!
Scripture of the Day: Acts 1:8
“8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
- We have power to live this Christian life. We do not have to remain in sin anymore.
7-Fold One-Year Bible Reading Plan
Day #272: Acts 1-2
Scripture of the Day: Acts 1:8
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