They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead
Acts 4: 2

Read: Acts 4

It wasn’t just the resurrection of Jesus that the early Christians preached. It was the resurrection of believers. 

In our main reading for today, we find Peter and John teaching people about the resurrection of the dead. This was so disturbing to the authorities that they actually arrested the apostles. Yet the message of the resurrection was so compelling that the number of disciples grew to around 5000. What a scurry this caused! 

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?””

Peter’s whole response, which the Bible tells us was inspired by the Holy Spirit, centered around the resurrection of Jesus. Far from causing them to back off and back down, the arrest of Peter and John motivated them to become even more bold in their assertion of the truth of the resurrection. 


I see now how important the resurrection is to the overall preaching of the Gospel. Grant me even greater revelation I pray, Lord.