Forty Days is a sermon teaching us that after His resurrection, Jesus walked among us for forty days. The bible presents forty days of resurrection proof. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ (God With Us) and His birth, the most significant events in history. Christ rose the third day and was witnessed by over 500 people.
The feasts of Israel are very significant. Jesus was crucified on the Passover and rose on the First Day of Feasts, and then came the Holy Spirit on Pentecost which was the beginning of the Church Age.
Ancient historians with various backgrounds describe the events of Christ and the early church. Archaeological finds have also substantiated the biblical accounts of Christ. The bible itself presents many prophecies and firsthand accounts Jesus Christ, the Messiah. Biblical and secular scholars hailed the bible as the most authentic document ever written. The apostles were ordained to minister the Gospel throughout the world.
Jesus declared Himself resurrected and alive. After His resurrection, he was seen for forty days appearing to 500 brethren at once, and to Peter, Paul, and others.
The bible records accounts of the resurrection including:
- The empty tomb.
- The removal of the stone weighing up to two tons.
- Roman guard fainted when he saw an angel.
- The empty grave clothes were left neatly folded.
- The appearance to different people.
- Prophecy – destroy the temple and in three days it would raise up.
- Appearing to a woman first – generally, a woman’s testimony was not believable, adding to the believability of the account.
- The willingness of others to die for their testimony of Christ. None would die for a lie willingly.
- The changed life of Saul of Tarsus who persecuted Christians, who as Paul, wrote half of the New Testament and died willingly for Christ.
- The resurrection changed the lives of believers through millennia.
The Lord changes people’s lives, perhaps billions of people, even today. For forty days He spoke to carry on the work He started. He is able to save everyone who calls upon Him. Billions know Jesus lives today. Our faith is not in vain. Not only did He come, die, and rose again, but He will come back again. Ask God to be a witness like the apostles so others can also be saved.
Forty Days sermon starts with verses from Acts 1:1-3:
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Also verses from I Corinthians 15:3-8:
3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 28: 11-14:
11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.
12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,
13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.
14 And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.
31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.
II Peter 1:21:
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
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