Acts 2:32-36 - Jesus is Lord and Christ!

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Our text, Acts 2:32-36, is a part of the sermon that Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost. Peter says that we are all witnesses. As witnesses, we testify to these facts: (1) that God raised up Jesus, (2) that God exalted Jesus to the right hand of the Father, (3) that Jesus received and poured out the promised Holy Spirit, and (4) that God made Jesus both Lord and Christ. We will deal with each of these points.

One, God raised up Jesus. We must tell everyone about the resurrected Christ.

It was God who raised up Jesus. This is the repeated testimony of the Scriptures. The resurrection of Christ was no magician's trick. It was not an accident in the normal course of nature. It was, instead, a definite act of God and a demonstration of His power.

Peter declares that "we are witnesses" to the fact that God raised up Jesus. Our witness is based on this fundamental fact. What God did was absolutely crucial to the gospel. The resurrection is central to all that we believe.

Two, Jesus was exalted. We must exalt Christ in our praises!

Peter begins by speaking of Christ as "having been exalted." The exaltation of Christ took place before the outpouring of the Spirit. The exaltation of Christ includes several aspects. When he was placed upon the cross, He was physically lifted up or exalted. This was a step toward His being exalted with honor. He was further exalted when He ascended to heaven. He was exalted to the right hand of the Father.

Yes, Jesus is at the right hand of the Father. What does this mean for us and for the future? The Scriptures are abundantly clear.

  • This Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father, is (Luke 22:70) "the Son of God." Only He could qualify to sit in the seat of power over the universe.
  • This Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father, is our High Priest. He offered (Heb. 10:12) "one sacrifice for sins for all time." He died for you and for me that we might have eternal life. He will protect His investment of His life in us!
  • This Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father is (Heb. 1:2) the "author and perfecter" of our faith. We owe our salvation to Him. He starts our faith and leads it to perfection.
  • This Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father, "intercedes" (Rom. 8:34) for us. Pause a moment and think about it! The Lord of all the universe prays for us.
  • This Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father, worked with (Mark 16:20) His disciples and confirmed the word with signs following. Today, He is with us as we do His work. He is right beside us as we witness.
  • This Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father, conquered His enemies through His death and resurrection. In a sense the battle already has been fought and won. However, there will be a final victory over the devil and His enemies. The enemies of Christ (Heb. 10:13) will be made a footstool for His feet.
  • This Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father, will return (Mt. 26:64). We will see Him "coming on the clouds of heaven."

As witnesses, we exalt Christ by praising Him. Our praises lift up His name and are a powerful witness to all who hear our voices. Let us exalt His name forever. Jesus, the Son of God, was worthy to occupy the seat at the right hand of God. This is why we lift up His name in praise. Our witness is strengthened by the knowledge that Jesus is at God's right hand.

Three, Jesus received and poured out the Spirit. We are eligible to receive the Spirit.

Peter now turns his attention to Christ and the Holy Spirit. This passage, too, will further support who Jesus is. The very claim that Jesus poured out the Spirit will demonstrate that He is Himself God. No one but God could pour out the Spirit of God. Having received the Spirit, Christ poured out what the disciples now see and hear. He poured out the promise of the Father, the Holy Spirit, upon them.

The Spirit "poured forth" resulted in experience that could be seen and heard. It was "this which you both see and hear." The Spirit filled the disciples who then spoke in other tongues. The people heard them (Acts 2:11) "speaking of the mighty deeds of God." What the crowd saw and heard was the Spirit filling the disciples to speak prophetically and to witness. The Spirit will fill us in this same way today.

Four, God made Jesus both Lord and Christ. We must declare that He is both Lord and Christ.

Peter has been building toward his climactic point. God raised up Jesus. God exalted Jesus to the right hand of the Father. God gave Him all authority, power, and honor. Jesus received the promised Spirit. Then, Jesus poured out the Spirit upon the disciples. The conclusion was now inescapable. This Jesus was the Son of God. God had made it plain that He was both Lord and Christ!

Because Jesus is both Lord and Christ, He changes our lives, powerfully shapes us as His followers, Helps us overcome temptation, provides for our needs, heals our diseases, comforts our weary hearts, and enlightens our minds. All of this, in turn, makes us more effective witnesses!

Conclusion

God raised up Jesus--we are witnesses. Jesus was exalted to God's right hand--we praise and exalt His name. Jesus received and poured out the Spirit--when the Spirit is outpoured upon us, we become powerful witnesses. God made Jesus both Lord and Christ--Christ is the unique Savior of the world. Let us be powerful witnesses to these truths.

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