Jesus, the Holy One was betrayed and crucified, but on the third day, the tomb was empty! Jesus was not left in the grave. He was raised! Learn more about this incredible message!

ROBERT >> He was crucified on a cross; they took his body down and wrapped him in burial cloths, placed him in a new tomb hewn out of rock. It was sealed, it was guarded; but on the third day, his body was gone. Jesus the holy one, the one not left in the tomb.

SINGING>> Speaking the truth, speaking the truth,
speaking the truth, speaking the truth in love.

ROBERT >> Today we want to continue to look at Jesus the holy one. Already we’ve learned that he is the one born of God, the one born of the virgin Mary, having been begotten by the power of the Holy Spirit; that he is the one feared by demons. Even the demons believe and tremble, the Bible says; but Jesus is greater than Satan and his demons. Jesus the holy one, the one denied by the people, rejected and betrayed, who suffered and died for the sins of the world.

Today we want to see how that Jesus the holy one was also the one not left in the tomb. Our lesson comes from Acts the 2nd chapter. And as we look through this chapter, I want you to notice four things that are emphasized concerning Jesus the holy one.

First of all, let’s notice that he was attested by God.

In Acts 2:22, the Bible says, “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know.”

Attested by God. That means to certify or to corroborate or to confirm, to verify, to substantiate, to authenticate. Evidence demonstrates, shows, and proves that Jesus is the one who he claimed to be, the Christ, the Lord, the Son of God. All we have to do is go back to John the 2nd chapter, where after the Holy Spirit had come upon Jesus, he begins his ministry. And we find him at a wedding in Cana of Galilee, where he turns the water into wine.

John says in chapter 2 verse 11, “This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. Look a little further in John.”

Look at John 3:2. And here we see the man Nicodemus come to Jesus. And he says, “This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.”

Yes, here was one who recognized that the things that Jesus did proved that he was of God, that he was from God and substantiated the claims that he made about himself.

In John the 5th chapter we see the same thing in verses 31 through 40. In fact, we see here a number of witnesses that testify to the fact that Jesus is the Christ, our Lord, our savior, and the Son of God.

In John 5:31 the Bible says, “If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.”

Jesus says I could speak for myself, but that wouldn’t prove anything. And so he gives further evidence.

He says in verse 32, “There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth.”

Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a long time to rejoice in his light. So Jesus says you have John the baptizer. You have his truth concerning me. But I’m not going to just rely upon that. Go a little bit further.

Then he says in verse 36, “But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. I do not receive honor from men. You see, Jesus testified concerning himself, John the baptizer testified concerning him; but so did his works, the works that God empowered him to do through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

So did his Father speak and say, This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. This is the one that God testified to on the mount of transfiguration when Jesus was changed before Peter, James, and John, and again the Father spoke out from heaven, “This is My beloved Son; hear Him.”

The scriptures spoke of Jesus Christ, but they would not receive it. They rejected it. They would not come to him and believe. All of these things testify to the fact that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Many do not believe today. They want a sign.

But look what John said in John 20:30-31. John writes, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”

We have John’s account of these many wonderful miracles of Jesus, but there are many more that he could have written about. And we have other accounts from Matthew and Mark and Luke, who testify of the very same things. Men of integrity, men whose words have been confirmed by historical records outside of the Bible as well, men whose words and writings have never been refuted. They were there, they saw him, they testified to these things so that we can believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. But now let’s notice that not only was Jesus attested by God, but he was put to death.

Here in Acts the 2nd chapter, look again, this time at verse 23. “Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death.”

What happened to Jesus at the hands of the Roman government, at the insistence of the Jews? This was not an accident. I was not a mere coincidence. This was the determined purpose of God.

In fact, according to Ephesians 3:11, it was his eternal purpose.

The death of Christ according to 1 Peter 1:20 was “foreordained before the foundation of the world.”

Revelation 13:8 says “he was slain from the foundation of the world. All of this God was able to plan and to purpose. He foreknew it all before it ever happened. And Jesus knew what would happen to him. I want to go back with you just a little bit to see how this all set up.

In Matthew 26 and the first four verses, we get a little insight into what Jesus knew and what his disciples knew.

In Matthew 26:1, “It came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, that He said to His disciples, You know that after two days is the Passover, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified. Then the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders of the people assembled at the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and plotted to take Jesus by trickery and kill Him.”

So you see, Jesus told his disciples, these things are going to happen at the very time that these Jewish religious leaders were plotting together to put him to death. And then turn over to Luke chapter 22 at the Passover, when Jesus instituted what we now call the Lord’s supper to remember his death.

In Luke 22, he was there with his apostles, and notice what it says in verse 20. “Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table.”

And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed! Can you imagine sitting at that table with Jesus and wondering, Am I the one?

Because Jesus knew that one at that table would betray him. In fact, he knew exactly who it was: Judas Iscariot, who would then leave the table and go out to betray his Lord. We learned last week from Acts 3:18 that God foretold by the mouth of all of his prophets these things concerning the death of Jesus Christ.

If you’ll look with me in Acts the 4th chapter, I want you to notice how that Peter and John, after they had been persecuted for preaching this message, prayed to God with the church there in Jerusalem and how they pointed to these things.

Acts 4:23, “And being let go, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voices to God with one accord and said, Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said, Why did the nations rage, and the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against His Christ. For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.”

You see, in this prayer to God, they quote Psalm 2, which described how the rulers of Jesus’ day would plot against him and rise up against him, God’s anointed, the Christ. And here we see that those things had been fulfilled. And they were being reminded of that and how that God fulfilled his determined purpose, those things that he had planned from all of eternity for the saving of mankind.

But now I want you to notice this third point from Acts chapter 2: He was raised up. Yes, he was attested by God with these signs and miracles and wonders; he was put to death for the sins of the world; but he was not left in the tomb.

Here it is in Acts 2 beginning in verse 24. “Whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. For David says concerning Him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. For You will not leave my soul in Hades, nor will You allow your Holy One to see corruption. You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence. Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, he would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption.”

All of this was a matter of prophecy. Peter quotes from Psalm 16:8-11 to remind us that his body would not be left in the grave, that his soul would not be left in Hades.

We need to say something about today and understand that when we die, our body goes back to the dust of the earth, but our spirit, our soul, it goes back to God, according to Ecclesiastes 12:7.

You see, in death, your spirit is in Hades. The word simply means unseen. It speaks of the unseen realm of the spirits of those who have died. And in Hades there are some who are in torment; but there are others who are in comfort according to the parable of Jesus in Luke chapter 16 concerning the rich man and Lazarus.

We learn from Luke 23:43 where Jesus was going that day that he died upon the cross. Let me read it to you here.

Luke 23:43, “And Jesus said to him, Assuredly I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise. Jesus, when he died, went to Paradise, that place of comfort in the Hadean, the unseen realm of the dead.”

But I want you to notice he did not stay there. Somebody says, how could that be?

Can we really believe it?

Well, let’s notice a few things surrounding the death of Jesus Christ.

Look with me in John the 19th chapter beginning in verse 31. Here it says, “Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath, for that Sabbath was a high day, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. And then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, Not one of His bones shall be broken. And again another Scripture says, They shall look on Him whom they pierced. Jesus really did die. And after wrapping his body in burial cloths and placing him in the tomb, his tomb was sealed, and it was guarded. But on the third day, his body was gone. The only thing left in the tomb were the burial cloths. They were lying there, the scripture says in John 20:7, the handkerchief that had been around his head not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.”

You see, it’s clear that no one came in and stole the body of Jesus; but he had just passed through those linen cloths, and everything was lying in place. And then he appeared alive to many witnesses: The apostles who heard him, who saw him, who handled him, who ate with him, and many others, including over 500 brethren at once, Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:6. It was no hallucination. They saw Jesus alive and well. And there were many of these who testified to this even in the face of death. It really did happen. His enemies never produced his dead body. And one of his most notorious enemies, Saul of Tarsus, saw him alive and became one of his most devoted followers. What else but a genuine resurrection from the dead could have convinced this persecutor of the church, Saul, to become the great apostle Paul, and to preach, to give his life to the ministry of Jesus Christ?

The greatest demonstration of the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God is this resurrection from the dead. Declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection of the dead, Romans 1:5.

But now let’s also look at Acts chapter 2 and see that having been raised up, he was exalted to the right hand of God.

Let’s read it together, Acts chapter 2 beginning in verse 32. This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at My right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Yes, this, too, is a matter of prophecy. This time Peter quotes from Psalm 110:1. It was not talking about David ascending and sitting on a throne. David the king, he did not ascend. He was still in his tomb. But Jesus, the greater David, was raised, and he did ascend into the heavens to sit at God’s right hand. David’s lord was David’s son, Jesus Christ. And he sits right now at God’s right hand. That means he’s at the hand of power, of strength. He’s God’s power, he’s God’s strength. And there he is as the powerful ruler over his church.

Here we read about the reign of Jesus as king in his kingdom. Look how the apostle Paul puts it in Ephesians 1:20-23 when he speaks of how God raised him up and seated him here. Beginning in verse 20 of Ephesians 1, “Which He worked in Christ when He raised him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”

No one, no thing will ever be able to unseat Jesus Christ; but all will ultimately fall under his judgment. The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians the 2nd chapter that after Jesus went to the cross to die for our sins, that God would raise him up and that he would give him a place above everyone.

The Bible says here in Philippians chapter 2 beginning in verse 9, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name by which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

The Hebrew writer in chapter 10 verses 12 through 13 simply says, “But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting until His enemies are made His footstool.”

Now here in Acts the 2nd chapter, when all of this was proclaimed, that Jesus had come, that he had died for our sins, that he was raised, that he is now seated at God’s right hand, when this was proclaimed, three thousand submitted in obedience to Christ.

Look what it says here in Acts 2:37. “ Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren what shall we do? Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Looking further down in verse 41, we see, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. Let me say that finally, when he comes again, the last enemy, death, will be destroyed, and he’ll deliver his kingdom from the clutches of death by raising them from the dead into the hands of his heavenly Father.”

The apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 points us to that great day. Now that Jesus has finished his work, he waits in heaven for all of his enemies to fall under his feet.

But when he comes, according to 1 Corinthians 15:24, “Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. Jesus the holy one, the one born of God, feared by demons, denied by the people, is the one not left in the tomb. He’s King of kings and Lord of lords. But does he reign in your heart, and will you make him your Lord and your savior?”

SINGING>> I know that my redeemer lives and ever prays for me.
I know eternal life he gives from sin and sorrow free.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.
I know, I know eternal life he gives.
I know, I know that my redeemer lives.

ROBERT >> So happy to have you watching our program today. We have but one goal, and that is to help us all towards heaven. This is the mission that God has given us, to go and make disciples of Jesus Christ, baptizing them and teaching them, according to Matthew 28:19.

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SINGING>> Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace.
From the toils that bind me it will bring release.
Burdens will be lifted that are pressing so,
showers of great blessing o’er my heart will flow.
Sing to me of heaven, let me fondly dream
of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.
Sing to me of heaven tenderly and low
till the shadows o’er me rise and swiftly go.
When my heart is weary, when the day is long,
sing to me of heaven, sing that old, sweet song.
Sing to me of heaven,
let me fondly dream of its golden glory, of its pearly gleam.
Sing to me when shadows of the evening fall,
sing to me of heaven, sing the sweetest song of all.

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