Friday, 16 October 2020
Luke 24:5 Why do you seek the living among the dead?
This is the question the men asked the women who had come to the tomb to attend to Jesus' body. They had come, after Shabbat, to wrap the body in spices and perfumes, to perform the last acts of kindness that could be shown to a person who has died: a decent burial according to the custom of the times.
But there is no body and the men - in shining apparel, no less - ask this astonishing question. Why wouldn't the women be looking for a dead body among the dead? That is where bodies belong: in graves. But that isn't the question. The question specifically says "the living" rather than calling Jesus by His name. This immediately counters the 'death' suggestion. It is not that Jesus isn't among the dead, which He might have been if he were dead. It is that Jesus is living; He is alive!
Do you look for Jesus among the dead? Right; 2,000 years ago. A dead rabbi. Of course. Of course not! Jesus isn't to be found anywhere with or among the dead because He is alive. His physical body - now glorified - is alive. There are no bones to look for, no tomb to find, no sarcophagus. Jesus is among the living and full of life.
He offers that life to you, to each one of us. Have you accepted Jesus' offer of life?