A question I’ve asked myself lately…
Luke 24 – They had just witnessed Jesus’s crucifixion and had spent their time preparing spices and ointments for his body in the tomb. Heartbroken, the women went to Jesus’s tomb to care for his dead body and I can only imagine the emotions they were feeling as they mourned and questioned what had happened. Confusion. Despair. Seeking to find some kind of hope or solace, they drew near to the tomb with their spices. When they reached the burial place, they found the stone door rolled away and no body inside. I’m sure their heartache deepened. Then, they were met by dazzling men. Crazy?! Frightened, they heard the men say “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.”
Jesus had risen?! Had he not spoken of this before his death? Did He really rise? Again, I can only imagine the thoughts and feelings running through these women’s hearts and minds… “Do we believe? We want to believe!” So they ran to share the good news with the apostles.
After reading this small part of the story, I realized I seek for life among the dead.
Much like the women on their way to Jesus’s empty tomb, I find myself searching for answers and hope in empty tombs. I see the hopeless pursuit in people all around me too. In our brokenness, we work hard to prepare, make ourselves “better,” and create meaning. We forget what God has already told us in His Word.
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
We want to be pretty, smart, put together, rich, popular, athletic, accepted, perfect, so we search for meaning and answers in fashion trends, jobs, education, houses, children, relationship statuses, possessions, and even ministry positions… In pursuing all these things to find life, we find dissatisfaction and self glorification. Eventually, they will lead to despair and destruction. (Death)
God has given us ETERNAL LIFE and this life is in His Son. Why do we go seeking for fulfillment in anything less? All this world has to offer is dead in comparison to Jesus Christ.
I recently learned a simple, yet beautiful song that reminded me of this truth. Life has no meaning apart from Jesus Christ. We can’t truly live without Him. May we find life in the risen King.
I Will Exalt by Bethel Music
“Your Presence is all I need
It’s all I want, all I seek
Without it, without it there’s no meaning
Your Presence is the air I breathe
The song I sing, the love I need
Without it, without it I’m not living“