Devotional Thought

Why do you look for the living among the dead? Jesus was dead. He was placed into a borrowed tomb where he laid dead, cold and lifeless. One interesting passage I want to point out, comes from Matthew 27: “And tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had died were raised. 53 (They came out of the tombs after his resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people.)”

When Jesus died, the bodies of many saints were raised back to life, they came out of their tombs and went into town. Of course, they would eventually die again, but Jesus didn’t. Why I wanted to point this passage out, was to point out the distress and wrath. The earth shook, the temple veil was torn in to, saints were raised from the dead. When Jesus died, His creation literally trembled.

I can’t imagine how off kilter the world felt on that Friday and Saturday. It’s probably like a child feels when their parent dies, to the nth degree.

But, what we do know is that Jesus did not stay dead. Yes he died. But, He resurrected himself from the dead. He did not stay did. He overcame death. And we too, who have received him as our Lord and Savior, have overcome death. We are now alive in Christ. It is no longer we who live, but Christ who lives in us.

God doesn’t look at us through the eyes of wrath but through the eyes of Grace. And he doesn’t look at our lives with eyes of judgement and disappointment – but He looks at our life and sees Christ life and the life He lived instead.

So, why do you look for the living among the dead? Why do you go back to those things that represent your life before Christ? Why do you allow yourself to be brought down by the mistakes you made? Why do you allow yourself to be caught up in the same sin that is now conquered in Christ? Why do you look for the living among the dead? Why do you see yourself through the eyes of sin and judge yourself in light of all the mistakes you’ve made when God doesn’t see you that way. Why do you live like you’re in bondage to something that is associated with death? Why do you look for the living among the dead?

Indeed, Christ did not just conquer the kind of death that comes at the end our our lives when we breath our last. Christ also conquered the death that we were all living because of sin. Christ conquered the death that was in the world because of the sin of the One man (Adam) and the separation that exists between God and man as a result of that separation. Therefore, Christ’s resurrection doesn’t just apply to our end-of-life death, but to our walking-dead-sin-life.

Christ is Risen, and we with him!

Matthew 27:57-28:15 (NET)

Jesus’ Burial

57 Now when it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who was also a disciple of Jesus. 58 He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered that it be given to him. 59 Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut in the rock. Then he rolled a great stone across the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 (Now Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there, opposite the tomb.)

The Guard at the Tomb

62 The next day (which is after the day of preparation) the chief priests and the Pharisees assembled before Pilate 63 and said, “Sir, we remember that while that deceiver was still alive he said, ‘After three days I will rise again.’ 64 So give orders to secure the tomb until the third day. Otherwise his disciples may come and steal his body and say to the people, ‘He has been raised from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “Take a guard of soldiers. Go and make it as secure as you can.” 66 So they went with the soldiers of the guard and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone.

The Resurrection

28 Now after the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.Suddenly there was a severe earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descending from heaven came and rolled away the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were shaken and became like dead men because they were so afraid of him. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised, just as he said. Come and see the place where he was lying.Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead. He is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there.’ Listen, I have told you!” So they left the tomb quickly, with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. But Jesus met them, saying, “Greetings!” They came to him, held on to his feet and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee. They will see me there.”

The Guards’ Report

11 While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 After they had assembled with the elders and formed a plan, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came at night and stole his body while we were asleep.’ 14 If this matter is heard before the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story is told among the Jews to this day.

Luke 24:1-7 (NET)

The Resurrection

24 Now on the first day of the week, at early dawn, the women went to the tomb, taking the aromatic spices they had prepared.They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood beside them in dazzling attire. The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has been raised! Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.”

Prayer Focus

Thank you God for conquering death so that we can live in life. Thank you for restoring us to yourself, so that we no longer have to be separated from you. Thank you for conquering the death in my life as a result of sin, help me to walk in this new life – the resurrected life of Jesus.