As we look at the New Testament together, we’ll commit Acts 13:27–31 to memory. In the second half of this sermon from Acts 13, Paul speaks about the role Israel played in Christ’s death, fulfilling Old Testament prophecies about a coming Savior. This passage reminds us that, as believers, we serve the risen Lord while bearing witness to the hope of the gospel.
This week, let’s begin our memorization with just the first verse of this passage. To help you visualize what’s being described in the text, write down the verse, then underline the subject of verse 27, circle who or what they didn’t recognize, and draw a square around what happened as a result.
27 Since the residents of Jerusalem and their rulers did not recognize him or the sayings of the prophets that are read every Sabbath, they have fulfilled their words by condemning him. 28 Though they found no grounds for the death sentence, they asked Pilate to have him killed. 29 When they had carried out all that had been written about him, they took him down from the tree and put him in a tomb. 30 But God raised him from the dead, 31 and he appeared for many days to those who came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are now his witnesses to the people.
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