“Why do you seek the living among the dead?”(Luke 24:5)
The verse has stuck out to me for years, and I’ve come to it once again. I think it is a question we should ask ourselves often.
Our human hearts, even those who have tasted the goodness of the Lord have a way of reverting back to looking for life in dead things.
The angels asked the question of the women who came to the tomb of our Lord that early morning.
Let’s ask ourselves that question today —Are we seeking life in dead things?
Are we looking horizontally to things in this world to bring us life?
For each of us that could be something different.
Maybe it’s not drugs or sex, but it could be money or prestige, a fit body, or a great vacation.
Perhaps, we think the cures for our problems will come through political solutions.
Or, maybe we’ve pulled away from all that and are trying to find our life in our pretty homes.
We simply cannot look for life among dead things.
Jesus is the life! The way, the truth and the life!
Maybe it’s not things or experiences that we have searched out —but, human relationships that we look to for our satisfaction….good things like our husbands and our kids.
But, the thing is, if God is not our first love, we will suck the life out of anything we try to put in His place.
But when He is our life, everything else takes its rightful place.
We can love others better without requiring them to be perfect.
We can enjoy the blessings of this life without holding them too tightly because we know we are forever held by Christ.
We can look for hope where hope can be found—in Christ alone and we can share His love and truth with our world.
We know Christ and His ways, not flimsy worldly solutions, are the only lasting hope for the troubles this world faces.
Oh friend, let’s not look for the living among the dead. Let’s every day turn our eyes upon Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith. (Heb 12:1-3)
He is the way, the truth and the life! (John 14:6)
Let’s reset our wayward hearts if we need to do so.
Let’s remember, He, alone, is hope for this lost world and joy for us in this day!