This past weekend we celebrated the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The resurrection of our Lord deserves to be celebrated. The event that happened in that tomb just outside the walls of the city of Jerusalem in the first century A.D. provides more than an occasion for celebration. It infused a boldness into a handful of Jesus’ followers. This boldness, coupled with the coming of the Holy Spirit upon these followers fifty days later, reverberates down to today.
Those two elements are still present. The resurrection is a well-attested historical event. It is so important to those who follow Jesus Christ that the Bible tells us that if it were not true our faith would be useless (1 Corinthians 15:14). The prophet Joel had prophesied the following: 28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.” Joel 2:28-29 (ESV) Peter referenced this Scripture on the day of Pentecost as explaining the actions of the people pouring out of the upper room and giving powerful, supernatural witness to the people gathered for the Jewish Feast of Weeks.