Suddenly, two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them…the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here. He has risen!” ~Luke 24:4-6
Happy Easter! Today is the day that we have been waiting and looking for! It is finally here! The stone has rolled away, the work is done, the grave is empty, He has risen!
Do you remember that stone from yesterday? It’s nothing now. The grave’s game is “winner take all” and Jesus defeated the grave! In conquering death, Jesus made every other problem solvable. Death was the greatest threat to our existence and it has now been tamed, rendered powerless.
The question of the angels is still legit. “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” You wouldn’t expect to find car parts at a grocery store, so why would you look for life in a graveyard? Yet, we do it all the time.
We go on our search for “life”. We think a new relationship will do it, but people fail us. We think a new job will do the trick, but our bills are just the same. We think a new house will satisfy, but then we get water in our basement. Each new quest is a set up for disappointment. And the angels ask, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
Jesus is the Author of Life, genuine life. Jesus is the only One who can show you what living is all about. The life in Him can also be the life in you, if you will leave the graveyard. Admit that any other search for life has not satisfied, and then place all of your hope in Jesus. You will be so glad you did!
Something to pray about:
I have tried to find life in so many things but they have all let me down. Jesus, I come to You for life today. You have defeated the grave! You are alive! I ask now that You live in me.
Easter Question…What is your favorite Easter memory?
With Jesus, your best days are always ahead.
This last piece is a little bonus to our Lenten readings. I started thinking about Jesus and I just couldn’t help myself. These words flowed out. I hope you enjoy it…
Have you met my Friend Jesus? Do you know Him?
My Friend Jesus is the greatest Person you’ll ever know but He will never brag about it.
He’s the nicest Person you’ll ever know but He is not a pushover.
He’s the smartest Person you’ll ever know but He’ll never make you feel dumb.
He’s the richest Person you’ll ever know, but He will never flaunt it.
He’s strong, and gentle.
He’s great, and meek.
He’s holier than anyone you’ve ever met, but He is never pompous.
He’s the Judge who pays for the crimes of those He judges.
He’s powerful, yet never a bully.
Dominant, yet never domineering.
He’s gracious, yet never compromising.
He gave you an imagination so that He could defy it.
He gave you a mind so that He could blow it.
He gave you a will so that He could win it.
He gave you a heart so that He could woo it.
Have you met my Friend Jesus? Do you know Him? He is dying to know you!