All the astonishing acts, events in Acts (and in the church since) can be traced back to this one astonishing moment – outpouring of Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the power of God at work in us bringing newness and service, equipping us to live the life to which God calls us. Why are we surprised when God shows up and reverses circumstances stacked against us, against the success of his kingdom work?
God often surprises us by the people God brings into our lives; people we would not otherwise choose as our friends. Sometimes those people are the very ones who prepare us for God's use in God's kingdom work and through them come unexpected blessings.
Death and the tomb could not still Jesus. Jesus is alive and active in our lives, moving in our lives and moving us forward to what God calls us to be and to do as we fulfill God;s will in our lives and in our world. Easter is a day of victory, and a perfect time to accept God's salvation and redemption in Jesus our Risen Lord!