“Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
Lk 24:5 NIV
Death has a habit of striking, sometimes when we least expect it, and at other times after long months, or years, of decline. It is always a shock, a surprise, and even a trauma for those left behind. Psychologists tell us that there are certain stages of working through grief and that it can take several years before a spouse adjusts fully to the new, and different, life.
For the women who went to embalm the body of Jesus in the morning of Easter Day, it was as big a shock to find his body not in the tomb as it had been to face the reality of his death two days earlier. On the Friday they had started the day thinking “life”. But two days later their minds were full of “death”. Then the tomb that was the scene of his burial was no longer a place of death at all. Confusing as it was, it was now a place of life – new life, resurrection life, glorious life. There was no possible answer to the question the men inside the tomb asked.
Death and life are at work in all of us – side by side. When we are young we grow and mature and there is little decay. But little by little the processes of decay increase until the day comes when they are complete. By the miracle of resurrection God reversed the process in Jesus. This means that we must look to Jesus for some kind of life that is of a different order to the processes of nature. We find that when we live “in Christ”, and he becomes the source of our life.
Lord, grant that I may know your risen power in my life.