Why do you seek the living among the dead?
Recently while listening to a sermon and studying the book of Luke I was met with the very title of this piece. The 24th chapter of Luke speaks about the fact of Jesus being risen. Though Jesus previously prophesied that he would be raised from the dead, people still went to the tomb looking for a dead savior. While reading, the question (title) leaped from the passage of scripture Luke 24:5 “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?”...At this point in the story the women went to Jesus’ burial site looking for him, yet he had already risen. He was no longer among the dead.
So why do we attempt to look for the smallest amount of life in situations that are clearly dead. Now this series is called life after death which points to hope and joy after dealing with certain situations; so we are to look for life while keeping in mind that something has to die first. Something has to break in order to get the breakthrough. A lot of times it takes us so long to get to life and breakthroughs because we hold on to small movements in our broken situations; thinking they are signs of life when in actuality they are the final responses before death. I believe that we look for the living among the dead for a few reasons such as: fear of change, unable to accept failure, disbelief that we can have greater after experiencing such a great loss, and finally like those looking for Jesus after his death; we don’t believe or have forgotten God’s words to us.
We have been promised an abundant life so there is no need in looking for life in dead situations. It does us no good to hold on to what God has instructed us to let go of. Those dead things and situations cannot give you life. Let’s not waste the gift of a renewed life by attempting to resuscitate what no longer serves purpose.