“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” Luke 24:5b-6a, NIV
At funerals, people are usually sober; they express emotions, especially if the deceased is a loved one. The reality of death is usually felt at the graveside, especially at that moment when the deceased is lowered into the grave. Imagine someone telling you at a funeral programme that the deceased is alive. What would be your response?
Jesus had told His followers that He would suffer and die and be raised from the dead. But it was obvious that the people had forgotten His words. The women went to the tomb with the intention of anointing His body; they did not expect to see Jesus alive. They had forgotten His resurrection promises. Having seen the empty tomb and listened to the report of the angels, they ran to tell the disciples the good news but the men did not believe them. Mary Magdalene asked Peter and John to go and see for themselves (John 20:1-10). Alas! Jesus was not in the tomb.
It is unfortunate that some still do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, just like the disciples who were looking for physical evidence. We may not see the physical empty tomb, but we do have the testimony of the witnesses found in the inspired Word of God. This can help us to live out our faith in Jesus Christ and know personally that He is alive in us (Galatians 2:20). If you still struggle with Christ’s resurrection, ask for His Spirit to minister to you today. Indeed, Christ is risen!
Wisdom: “Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there”
PRAYER: Lord, You are the resurrection; release Your resurrection power upon Your church. Heavenly Father, strengthen my faith so that I can share the testimony of Your resurrection without any shadow of doubt.
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