Summary: That penetrating question of the angels to the women on resurrection morning leads to such great assurance that indeed we serve a risen Savior, that the grave is not our final destination and that we do find life when we look where it is found.
Why Seek the Living Among the Dead?
Scripture Reading: Luke 23:50 – 24:12
It was completely logical for the women to go to Jesus’ tomb early that Sunday morning. They went to do the final thing they could for him and it was reasonable they’d expect to find his body there. Where else would you look for one who’s dead, than in the tomb where you saw the body placed?
But the most amazing surprise awaited them.
• The tomb was open…
• Two angels gleaming like lightening suddenly stood before them…
And they asked the women, “Why are you looking for the One who is alive here, where the dead reside?
They were stopped in their tracks… bowed with their faces to the ground. The sight of angels will have that affect
But that question; So penetrating! Why look for the living among the dead?
That simple question stops us in our tracks too because it brings us face to face with the most amazing truth ever that sets before us the most wonderful opportunity ever. It is so beyond human imagination that it took divine love and divine creativity to come up with it; Life conquers death!
Do you grasp what that means? It’s a promise that gives assurance and joy on several fronts. It’s a promise with meaningful results.
Will you walk together w/ me in God’s Word for a few minutes this Easter morning so we can get a fresh and firm grip on this promise?
The question; “Why are you seeking the living among the dead?
First, means that if you love Jesus Christ, you serve a risen Savior.
Our faith, the Christian faith is the only faith based on a loving relationship with its living Founder. All others failed to overcome the grave and their mortal remains are still there.
Jesus is only one who could promise, and who could deliver on the promise…
"I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (John 11:25-26, NIV)
It’s hard to believe a dead person can come to life. Isn’t that impossible? The laws of nature forbid it. Death is final, right?
Who says? Smart, educated people?
Are you thinking of the same educated people who say there was a big explosion somewhere out in the universe and this world just naturally emerged from it?
Are you thinking of the same smart people who say resurrection of life is impossible, but after death we can be reincarnated to a higher state of being?
It just might be more reasonable to simply believe God does what he says He does.
Critics say the church created the resurrection. Not so… The resurrection created the church.
Not long before death, Jesus said, Because I live, you also will live. (John 14:19, NIV)
Not long after Jesus’ resurrection… Peter preached in Jerusalem… “God raised Jesus from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him…” (Acts 2:24).
Then he cited Psalm 16 where David wrote as a prophet “…he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.” (Acts 2:32, NIV)