April 17 (Easter Sunday): Why Do You Look For the Living Among the Dead?

April 17 (Easter Sunday): Why Do You Look For the Living Among the Dead?

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Chris Rowekamp

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”
—Luke 24:5b-6a NIV


The women who went to Jesus’ tomb on Sunday morning were met with a surprise: the tomb was open and Jesus’ body wasn’t there. As they tried to make sense of the situation, two angels appeared and asked them the question: “Why do you look for the living among the dead?”

All of us reading this today face the same question.

When we think about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, it’s easy to see it only as a historical fact. Something that happened about two thousand years ago.

But if we thought like that we would be looking for the living among the dead.

After his resurrection, Jesus promised us: “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20 NLT).

You see, Jesus isn’t just a historical figure to learn about but a person we can know.

This Easter Sunday, we remember the fact that Jesus rose from the dead two thousand years ago, but we also celebrate the reality that he is alive today.

Like the angels declared on that first Easter Sunday: “He is not here; he has risen!”

Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:

Inhale: Jesus, you are alive;
Exhale: I want to know you.

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