A Word from the Pastor
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
That may be my all-time favorite question in the Bible. The women who went to the tomb early on Sunday morning were shocked to find the stone rolled away from the entrance to the tomb of Jesus. Upon entering the tomb itself, they were startled by the presence of the angels who asked this incredible question.
How could it be? Jesus had died. Really. They had seen Him with their own eyes. He was dead. They had seen Him raise others from the dead. But, what could happen now? How could He raise Himself from the dead?
Actually, He didn’t. The Father did. God raised Him from the dead. And – He didn’t just resuscitate Him either. I mean – Lazarus, the widow at Nain’s son, Jairus’ daughter – all of them were raised from the dead by Jesus. But, they would all go on to die again. But – when God raised Jesus Christ from the dead – He resurrected Him from the dead. He would never die again!
These women did not know that on the first Easter morning. All they knew was that the body of Jesus was missing. And then the angels testified that He was alive. It was almost too much to take in. They ran to the disciples to give their report. The disciples could not believe it. It was nonsense to them.
But before the day was over, these men and women would see the resurrected Christ! He would spend the next 40 days teaching them and encouraging them. Finally, He was ascended to the Father and seated at His right hand.
The resurrection of Jesus has changed everything. Our salvation is complete because of it. The enemy has been defeated. Not even death itself holds a grip any longer on us. Jesus has defeated it. He is the first born of the dead – as Paul said. He will return one day to resurrect all of those who have died in His Name. Wow.
So – on Easter Sunday, we gather to celebrate the good news. “Easter” is derived from a German word that means, “to stand” or “stand up.” That is what happened that Easter day so long ago. The Son of God – The Son of Man —– stood up!
Nothing has ever been the same since.
Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here. He is risen! Indeed.