Stunning! In so many ways,
Acts 3:15: “You killed the author of life, but God raised Him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.” — Apostle Peter
Imagine it. One described as the author of life, succumbing to death and volunteering His life as a sacrifice.
The very One who is life, who has life in Himself and has authored all subsequent life. For who? For those whose life is derivative of His life. Humans are not self-existing, only God is, yet what have we achieved with this gift of life that God has given us? We have all gone astray and each of us has turned away from God… Away from pursuing God as our chief good and our principle pleasure. We have turned to desire the world, its delights and its rewards, and have regarded God as little, and too often, as nothing.
It wasn’t for those who reciprocate His affection that this author of life surrendered His life, but while we were yet sinners – while we stood in opposition to God by our waywardness – Christ revoked His right to life — so that we might be redeemed.
Death was not His end. Death dealt its final victory over the author or life and in doing so, self-destructed. The author of life would surrender to death in our place. We all, because of our sin, had incurred the death penalty; a penalty that will only be satisfied by eternal conscious suffering in hell. But God, who is rich in mercy, sent His Son to take our place and die our death. This Son is the author of life. He, Jesus Christ, died on a cross and suffered the total judgment sinners deserve. Now all who turn to Christ are freed from the power of sin, the penalty of death, and gloriously more…
Jesus didn’t remain dead. Death could not enact any permanent victory over the One who authored all life. Not only did Christ cancel out the debt we sinners had incurred, but by His resurrection, He won for us eternal life. By rising from the dead and calling us to be in union with Him. By our faith in Him, we will live eternally, just as He lives forever, according to the power of an indestructible life.
What confidence have we of these things? Because the Spirit of God seals it in our hearts by faith. Is this faith merely hope? Is it groundless? Is it just wishful thinking? Many have erroneously supposed so. But not Peter, he told us, “We are witnesses of this.” Jesus, died a public death, was executed for all to see, and rose a public resurrection. He appeared to more than 500 different eyewitnesses and sent His apostles (like Peter) to bear testimony of this great news—that none of us sinners need to die. None of us ever need see or taste hell. But because Jesus died and rose, all who place their trust in Him are eternally secure in Him and have received an irrevocable forgiveness and pardon from God.
Call upon Jesus today and receive this great salvation. There’s nothing more vital than this, for what will it benefit someone to gain the whole world, but lose their own soul in hellfire? Will hell be any more comfortable when the sinner reflects on what they once possessed? Will the unquenchable fire be less excruciating when the sinner remembers once possessing the whole world?
Salvation is found exclusively in the Name of Jesus Christ. He, the author of your life, stands ready to receive you now, to forgive you and welcome you into the eternal life that He has won for all who simply place their trust in Him.
Acts 3:19 “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” — Apostle Peter