..concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!
Acts 23: 6

Read: Acts 21-23

Peter and John were not the only ones to fall foul of the religious authorities because of preaching and teaching about the resurrection. Paul did too. 

In our reading for today, we follow the story of Paul’s arrest in Jerusalem and subsequent hearing before the Sanhedrin. Paul himself was a Pharisee, of the sect who did believe in the resurrection. The Sanhedrin (Jewish Council) was divided between Pharisees and Sadducees and so Paul decided to divide them even further by raising the issue of resurrection. 

This caused such a huge dissension that it actually became violent and the Romans had to remove Paul from the Sanhedrin hearing for his own safety. 

Then, as now, the resurrection is a controversial issue – yet crucial to the testimony of Christ. 


I never realised before how vital the truth of the resurrection is to a true testimony of God. Thank You for revealing this to me.