Imagine that you have been invited to attend an international seminar of world religions and ideologies. Sponsored as a joint project by worldwide television and radio networks, the meeting will be held in spacious chambers of the United Nations building in New York.
You have been selected to present a biblical message to the entire world. You will be privileged to speak for 15 minuets. Your words will be instantly translated into every language spoken by mankind. Communication satellites to every person on the planet will beam your televised message.
You desire to present the central concepts of Christianity as set forth in the bible. What will you say? What are the distinguishing characteristics of the Christian faith? What makes bible Christianity different from all other religions in the world?
The Christian faith, of course, includes several major key concepts: the oneness of God; the worth and potential of each person as the object of Godís love; salvation by Godís grace through his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ; the second coming of Christ as the worldís only hope; and the realization of Godís plan for this planet through Christís future kingdom on earth.
The one concept which most precisely separates Christianity from all other religions and ideologies, however, is the central importance of the resurrection.
Resurrection is the central concept of the Christian faith. It is the fundamental theme of the gospel. The resurrection of Christ and the future resurrection of Christians constitute the major premise of the Christian theology.
Manís relations know about death; Christianity knows about resurrection. Sinners face a hopeless end; Christians have an endless hope. That hope is resurrection to immortality when Jesus comes.
Death is a reality that all persons must face,
What man can live and not see death, or save himself from the power of the grave?
Just as man is destined to die once, Ö All men alike lie down in death to sleep together in the dust.
The last chapter in a personís biography is his obituary, with its account of his death, funeral service and burial. No matter how famous or intelligent or wealthy or powerful a person may have become, death brings that individualís life to a conclusion. For the Christian, however, the obituary is not the concluding chapter of his biography. He has the future promise of immortality and eternal life. Another chapter awaits to be written to follow the obituary in his life story. It will describe the Second Coming of Christ and the resurrection of that believer to immortality and eternal life in Christís kingdom. (TRIUMPH OF THE RESURRECTION, pg. 64-65
I. CENTRAL EVIDENCE OF THE RESURRECTION
... you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
"Witness" means eye witness
Witness of the Resurrected Christ
1.Strong, unmistakable evidence
... a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have."
... he showed them his hands and feet.  ... and ate it in their presence."
... The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,... You are witnesses of these things.
Not only seeing; feeling, walking with, talking with, eating with, even sleeping with.
Witnessed by 100ís (All?)
that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,  and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.  After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time,
... he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,  and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
1. ... he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. Acts 1:21-22
II. CENTRAL MESSAGE OF APOSTLES
Great Witness of the Resurrection
1. ... the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord
Jesus... Acts 4:33
B. Peter Healing Cripple
... the God of our fathers, has glorified ..., but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
Witnessed in opposition to Authorities
1. From prison. Angel said, "tell the people the full message of this new life" 5:20
... God of our fathers raised up Jesus... God exalted with his right hand... And we are his witnesses of these things;
... Acts 5:29-32
2. Peterís Message to Cornelius