Daily Good News – Life is Victorious with Jesus
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Apr 10, 2015 1043
The angels asked, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (Luke 24:5).
Jesus’ friends had suffered and grieved at his death. They had taken down his from the cross on Friday afternoon. It was wrapped in long linen strips and laid on a rock shelf in the tomb. There they left their Lord for the dark, sad hours of that Sabbath day. On Sunday morning, they went to the tomb to do the last thing they could for Jesus. They took spices to embalm his body.
What they found was an empty tomb, the body of Jesus gone, and two men in bright clothing standing there. You can imagine that they could hardly comprehend the words of these messengers from God. “Why do you look for the living…?” Their faces must have shown their confusion, because they went on to explain. They reminded the women that Jesus had told them he must die, and he had also told them he would rise again. They didn’t understand then, and they hardly understood now.
Why indeed? It’s because they hadn’t yet accepted the fact that God was not a god of failure and defeat, but a God who turns apparent failure into success, and apparent defeat into victory. Death for Jesus was necessary if he was to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
The Father transformed death into life for Jesus, and he does the same for us. This is the important question we must all answer. Are we looking for Jesus – and God – amongst the dead? Jesus is not just a great story of a man who lived once. He is alive, a “living reality of the present”. He cares, not just for our salvation, but also for our lesser problems.