“…..“Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what He told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that He would rise again on the third day.”
Can you imagine what the woman must have felt when they went to the tomb and instead of seeing a stone covering the place where Jesus was buried, they found the stone rolled back and two angels telling them Jesus wasn’t there; He was no longer dead but alive, just as He had said. Of course as the Luke tells us, the women were full of fear but also full of excitement and anticipation, as shown by the decision to rush back and tell the other disciples this great news.
Sometimes we too can get caught up searching for Jesus among the dead. We search for Him through religious works, we search for Him through pilgrimages, and even through segregating ourselves in solitude. Yet as this story shows us that Jesus is longer dead but is right here with us. He is all around us. He is not dead but is alive. We don’t need to do anything special or go anywhere far to find Him. He is all around us, in every moment and available to our hungry cries.
Jesus was and is who He said He was. He rose again like He promised, left the Spirit here like He promised and will never leave us or forsake us, like He promised. He is Emmanuel, God with us! He is no longer dead but ALIVE!