Apollo was wrong
Acts 17:31 “For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead.”
Creator, sustainer, ruler, father and now judge, this is our God.
Paul says that this God has set a time when he is going to do what the Jewish tradition always said he would do, indeed what he must do, he will set the world right and bring it to account, he will judge it, but how? Here is the crescendo coming to the finale. This is the pinnacle of Paul’s preaching, this is what we have been waiting for. How will God judge? Of course we know how. It is the risen Jesus Christ.
Now here is some interesting information that you may or may not know.
Six centuries earlier, Apollo who inaugurated the court of the Areopagus had declared in an Aeschylus’s play these words, “when a man dies and his blood is shed on the ground, there is no resurrection.” Now pause a moment. On that same spot Paul 600 years later declares that God unveiled himself by appointing a man to be a judge for the whole world and had certified this by raising him from the dead!
Did Paul know this historical truth? Er, yes!
The resurrection has heralded the commencement of God judging the world and making the world right. Jesus is the one part of the physical universe that has already been set right. Jesus is therefore the one person through whom everything else will also be set right.
So let me finish with this thought.
600 years and a man says famously that once a man dies there is no resurrection. 600 years later Jesus proves that man wrong.
What man says to you is only man.
Man may have cursed you or laid claims to something that they feel is unchangeable but God changes what man cannot change. God always outruns and outdoes man.
Man may say something to you but it is what God says that is important.
Apollo was wrong. He was proven wrong. The resurrection of Jesus proves it.
Today if someone has said to you, ‘that will never happen’, well, Jesus will prove them wrong, Jesus in you will show them that is foolish to say never when God is still on the throne.