Archive for Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Luke 24:1-7, 25-26, 46-49
…the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus… two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’”… He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”… He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

It seems like for centuries, people have battled most with the concept of Jesus rising from the dead. Something completely out of the natural order of things and beyond human comprehension. I cannot imagine how difficult it must’ve been for the disciples who even though they were prepped about it did not realize it. In today’s day and age, we have the powerful medium of cinema which helps us believe more than the improbable. Star Wars, Back to the Future, Avatar and so many more movies help our mind go beyond the reasonable and often people start to believe in fiction to a point of death. However, in those days, this was not something anyone was willing to accept and tore the world apart. Believing in a miracle working man was hard enough, now to contend with the fact that he had absolute control over death and life was just impossible and anyone who believed such a message was considered a lunatic for obvious reasons.

When I read the passages above, what struck me was the statement the angels made to the women who came to Jesus’ tomb. Why do we look for the living among the dead? While it sounds so simple, there is significant meaning in it and Jesus himself explains it to the disciples in person after that. The question for us is the same. Are we following a dead or a living God? Are we mourning Christ’s death or celebrating his resurrection and sharing the joy of salvation through him with those around us? Are you joyous about his victory over sin and death or are you still beating yourself up about his physical death? We do however have to be cautious here not to overlook the sacrifice but instead to put it in perspective to our sinfulness and the hope that he gives us beyond the grave. I pray you like me are encouraged to go out and share the good news to those who are sinners like us and in need of a savior?

In His Loving Service,

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