Updated: 03/31/2014 9:55 AM
A Message from Our Pastor
“Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” (Luke 24:5b-6a ESV)
What a relief it must have been for the women who went to the tomb to finish the burial of Jesus to hear these words. They approached the tomb full of grief and shock at the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. They went to the tomb with all of their hopes and dreams concerning the Messiah shattered. Their master, teacher, friend, was dead. Executed like a common criminal. Was everything that they had heard Jesus say, everything they believed about Him wrong?
Well they received the answer when they arrived at the tomb, and found it empty. No body to anoint, no decay to deal with, just a couple of angels with a message of great joy. “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Then these angels did what any good preacher would do. They quoted Scripture. “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.” (Luke 24:6b-7)
Jesus had prepared them for this day. He had taught them that He must be crucified for our sake, buried for three days, and then raised to life. But in their grief and shock, they had forgotten. They focused on their own shattered dreams rather than on the unfailing Word of God.
As we approach Easter this year, I urge you not to focus on your own ideas of how God will make things in the world. Rather remember what He has told us in His Word. Remember that He has told us that His death on the cross was the necessary payment for all of our sins. He told us that His resurrection is the visible proof that His sacrifice was acceptable payment in full. He also told us that He will be with us always, to the very end of the ages.
He tells us all of this so that we don’t become discouraged when we see all the troubles in the world. He tells us this so that we don’t doubt His grace and love when things don’t go according to our plans. He tells us all of this to remind us that we indeed have a living Savior who loves and cares for us and is with us at all times.
Above all, Jesus tells us all of this through the Bible so that we may approach His cross with the sure confidence that all of our sins are forgiven through His sacrifice. With that knowledge we have God’s assurance that we will be with Him in heaven for eternity.
CHRIST IS RISEN!
HE IS RISEN INDEED!