It was a normal Sunday morning for most people. But most people were not grieving the loss of their son and Savior. This was the case for the women who came on that first Easter Sunday morning to check on the body of Jesus. The rest of the world either rested in their beds or were getting ready for the beginning of a new week, but not these women. Three days earlier they had witnessed one of the most horrific experiences of their lives, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. But this day, this Sunday, would prove to be a game changer for the rest of their lives.
It was early on a Sunday morning as they approached the tomb bringing spices to anoint the body. They noticed something was different. The stone had been rolled away from the tomb! When they entered all they saw was the burial cloths that had once clothed their Savior. The Bible says they were “perplexed”. Wouldn’t you be? Matthew’s gospel states that two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling apparel. Immediately the women became frightened and bowed their faces low to the ground. Then the question was asked, “Why do you seek the Living One among the dead?” What a question! Hadn’t Jesus already told His followers that the grave could not keep Him? Had He not already told them that He would be betrayed, beaten, crucified and killed? Didn’t He predict that He would be raised on the 3rd day?
What does the resurrection mean to you? Maybe you find yourself in a dark time. Maybe you are haunted by past mistakes or you just cannot seem to get ahead of the curve. You know that Jesus’ resurrection is good news but it was so long ago. Why does it give so much hope to others, but for you it just doesn’t work? You know it’s one of those things that should give you hope but you just do not feel it.
Here is my question to you: are you like that ladies on the first day of the week? Are you seeking Him? I know they were seeking the dead body of Jesus but lets give them some credit, at least they were seeking His dead body. We are so busy, consumed with the affairs of the day, that we often seek everything but the real presence of Christ. We get impatient with God because He doesn’t attend to the things that we deem important. I mean, think about it, we expect Him to come to us when we are not willing to come to Him.
Those who know my story know that I have struggled with depression and anxiety for all of my adult life. Thankfully, with medication, exercise, and my spiritual walk with Christ, both symptoms are at a minimum. But from time to time they still raise their ugly head to battle with me personally. So what does the glorious resurrection mean to me? Well, that depends on whether I am seeking the Living God among the dead or among the living. If I expect Him to be in the grave with no power then I have low expectations of what He wants to do through me. But If I know that He is a Living God and know that He brings life to everything He touches, then I seek Him to touch every aspect of my life, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I know my redeemer lives and I know that He is life and is the God of life.
I am reminded of what Jesus said in John 10:10. “The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy, but I have come to give you life, real life, life abundantly.” (Carlson Paraphrase) I fully realize that this doesn’t mean that all of my life is going to be easy and joyous. But I know that in the dark times, the difficult times, the times I don’t feel him, He is there to walk with me, bringing a calm assurance in the midst of the storm.
As we celebrate Jesus this Easter let me ask you, “Whom do you seek? Do you seek a man among the dead, or do you seek the Living God who brings life?”
Until the whole world hears,