Why the Grave Could Not Hold Jesus

A foundational part of our faith, and a miracle that we believe.

Acts 2:24 “Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.”

Peter’s Pentecost sermon sets forth to proof Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah and that they crucified God’s Messiah. God brought this same Jesus from the grave.

Man says it is impossible! It defies natural law; it is contrary to nature, it never happened. That’s right, it was a miracle!

God says it was impossible death could hold Him! It was impossible for God to leave His Son in the tomb.


1. His Divine person – He was sinless. Therefore death had no victory over Him. “The wages of sin is death.” Jesus died because he was made sin for us. He paid the price and discharged the debt. So it was impossible to be held by death.

2. His Divine power – Death could not hold him because he was the resurrection and the life.

3. His Divine promise – Death could not hold him because Jesus said, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”

4. His Divine purpose – God intended we be with him in heaven. To do that Christ had to come out of the grave.

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