I know how the women who went to Jesus’ tomb felt. I vividly recall going to sit by myself at my first husband’s new grave. Without the kids with me, I gave into deep wailing sobs as I thought of his poor body buried beneath the cold ground. My soul was overcome with anguished sorrow and hopelessness. The whole world seemed dark and scary as I sat alone in despair. That’s when an unseen hand tenderly lifted my chin to look up at the heavens. The skies were gloriously blue and full of hope and peace. I was reminded that my husband was not in that grave but was ALIVE! He was with my Lord Jesus who was also more ALIVE than I could imagine! Nothing had changed…yet everything had changed. It all depended on what I was looking at- death or life!
That’s why the angels asked the women “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” Jesus may have died on the cross, but He was anything but dead! It may take us a bit to believe in what we cannot see…but it all begins when we believe that You sent Your own Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sin and trust that He is now ALIVE. That’s when we begin to experience the change in ourselves from death to life. That’s when we change what we look at. There is still death all around in this world- not only physical but more devastating spiritual death. Our world is full of hopelessness, despair and darkness which pulls us further toward death. Praise You, Lord God!!! For sending the light of the world, our Savior and King Jesus! When we look to Him and let Him rule in hour hearts, everything changes!
It matters not how horrible the sight looks before me here on this earth, when I look to You- You make all things new, glorious and full of hope. Jesus, You are ALIVE and always at work making things new. You will never leave me or desert me. When I look, I see You every single day. It might be in a scripture, a song, a divine encounter with a stranger or friend, a holy moment, a flower, a sunset or sunrise, a breath of wind, a dove perched right above me, a touch of Your healing hand, a soft eternal whisper… Father, help me to be watching and sensitive to Jesus who is ALIVE! Help me keep my eyes on His LIFE! When I see Him, let me call out in loving recognition, praise and love, “Rabboni!”
“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 lightening 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!’” Luke 24:1-6
“’They have taken my Lord away,’ she said, ‘and I don’t know where they have put Him.’ At this she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize it was Jesus. ‘Woman,’ He said, ‘why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?’ Thinking he was the gardener, she said, ‘Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.” She turned towards Him and cried out in Aramaic, ‘Rabboni!” (which means Teacher.)…Mary went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’” John 20:13-16,18
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26
Father, trusting in Jesus, help me look at Life right now…