Saturday, February 22: Why do you look for the living among the dead?
We return to our occasional reading from beginning to end through the Gospel of Luke, which emphasizes the way God acts among people and across history through Christ.
Read Luke 24:1-8
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with 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; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'" Then they remembered his words.
Jesus' brutal death had been so horrific, resurrection was the last thing on the minds of these women as they made their way early in the morning to the tomb. The angel had to remind the women that Jesus had told them it would happen, that he would be raised again. Sometimes our pain or loss is so great, it drives Jesus' words of comfort or hope from our minds. Has that ever happened to you?
Though they may be buried under layers of disappointment, loneliness, or grief, Jesus' words are still true and reliable. They can bring you encouragement and comfort today. What promises of his come to your mind now?