The resurrection of Jesus is not just a happy ending to the gospel story; it is the dawn of a new creation. It’s a reminder that the redemptive, reviving, restoring work of God cannot and will not be stopped. Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. The message of Easter is that God's new world has been unveiled in Jesus Christ and that you're now invited to belong to it.
Easter not only says, “Jesus is unstoppable.” it emphatically declares, “the Church is unstoppable!”
In many translations of the Bible, the last word of Acts reads, “unhindered.” Not every translation reflects the sentence structure of the Greek, but Luke concludes his account called Acts with the word akolutos. The word literally means “unstoppable.”
That’s what the church in Acts was — unstoppable. You could fight those Christians, persecute them, throw them to the lions, burn them at the stake, fill the catacombs with their bones — but you could not stop them! They were determined to turn the world upside down, and they did. They absolutely changed the world. And we are called to follow in their steps. We have believed the same gospel, we preach the same message, we have the same commission and the same Holy Spirit as Peter, Paul, James, John, Barabbas, Silas, Timothy and all the rest. We can do what they did. Hallelujah!
Some have noted that Acts doesn’t really end, it just stops. But you can’t even say that because the final word is “unstoppable.” The message is very clear: The mission of turning the world upside down with the gospel of Jesus Christ doesn’t end with the first generation, but carries on from generation to generation and is continued by all who will dare to live the adventure of faith.
Join Bara Church this Easter as we learn to live unstoppable lives on Sunday, April 21st at 9:30 or 11am!
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