'Why do you seek the living among the dead?'
In Luke chapter 24 we have the story of that first Easter morning. Some of the women, friends of Jesus, came to the tomb early that Sunday morning. They came to mourn and add more spices and body preparations to the corpse of Jesus. When they got there they found the stone that covered the tomb had been rolled away and Jesus' body was not there. Then, two angels asked them an important question that should be echoed throughout the church world. They said, "Why do you seek the living among the dead?"
These ladies came to see Jesus. They came to pay their respects to a person who had deceased. Matthew 28:1 says, "Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb." Many people only come to see the tomb, the structure, the building.Some don't come to church to see Jesus; they only come to be in church. If Jesus actually showed up it would scare them to death. They don't live with an anticipation of seeing the living Christ.
Jesus does not stay around the grave any longer than He has to. He has got too much to do than to just stay among the dead and twiddle His thumbs. Jesus is alive and He is on the move. He is the resurrection and the life! The church needs to reflect the person of Jesus. The church needs to be alive because the church is His body. God's church is alive. Find yourself an alive, living situation - that is where Jesus will be. That is where He will abide.
These ladies wanted to see Jesus, but they were looking in the wrong place. The angels said, "He is not here, but is risen, just like He said He would do!" If we want to really see Jesus we need to listen to His Word. His Word will reveal to us where He will show up and what He is up to and where He is going. He will show up just like He said He would.
This Easter, and through the rest of my life, I want to see Jesus. To some extent, I have seen glimpses of Jesus. But I want to see more. I would like to see more of His life, His power, His love and resurrection power. I want to dine with Him, talk with Him, walk with Him. But I must be looking in the right place, directed by His Word. There is one thing for certain; Jesus will not be found among the dead. (Unless it is for the purpose of raising them up.) He will be found in places that are alive with faith.
It is interesting to note that only a relatively few people actually saw the resurrected Lord. If I were Jesus, after I rose from the dead, I would have gone immediately to Caiaphas in my glorified, resurrected body and said, "What do you think now, you big power hungry hypocrite!" But Jesus did not appear to Pilate or Herod the King, or Caiaphas the High Priest, or the soldiers who crucified Him or the crowds. He only appeared to those who wanted Him. The full, life-transforming revelation of Jesus, our Savior and King, is only for those who honestly seek Him. Only those who will seek Him will find Him.
How about you and me? Are we looking for Jesus in the wrong places? Are we looking for Him in dead churches, dead programs, dead ministries, living - but dead people? Are we listening to His direction through His Word and then following it so that we may see Jesus? I want to see Jesus, how about you? He is not at the tomb, He is risen and on the move. Let's move with Him.