Why do you seek the living among the dead?

Luke 24: 5b

 

There is a classic nightmare where you find yourself walking along an unfamiliar path on a very dark and usually misty night, a night when everything is obscure; then, you suddenly find realize that you are in the middle of a graveyard. Everything becomes menacing and fear starts to overcome your ability to reason. At this point rational behavior is thrown out of the window, and you start to run. Frequently, the next problem you encounter is that you have no idea about which direction will lead to safety; this is when panic replaces fear, and this is usually when you awaken from it all with that uncomfortable sense of having just returned from the gym and with an underlying feeling of irresolution. At least, this is just a dream.

 

When the angels spoke to the women who had come to complete the burial preparation on Jesus’ body, they were speaking a truth that is considerably greater than just questioning why these followers of Jesus would be looking for the risen Christ in a tomb. They were challenging us all. They were questioning the very ways that we consider finding truth in and for our lives; this simple question should resonate with our hearts and cause us to pause and reflect on how well connected we are staying to God and on how much we rely on sources of wisdom that are not provided by Him.

 

Life; true, uncompromising, and unending life; has its source and its sustenance in God. Everything that is truly alive derives its vitality from the Lord, and everything that is not so connected is dead. The angels are challenging us to stay focused on life and to stay connected to things that are living. Death is found in fear, anger, and selfish thinking; life is found in faith, trust, and loving sacrifice. There is life in God’s word, through prayer and meditation, and by serving the needs of others, and there is life in righteous living and thinking. God’s challenge for us is to spend our time with Him, to seek wisdom from His word, and to be a source of life in our world.