Looking for Jesus.
One day two women went looking for Jesus. They expected to find our Savior in a tomb, instead they stumbled upon the hope of resurrection. The stone had been moved, the grave had been emptied, and the Son of Man was crowned in victory.
Angels of the Lord asked the women, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead! Remember what he told you back in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men and be crucified, and that he would rise again on the third day.”
Jesus promised that he would defeat death, but they just couldn’t imagine it. Maybe they couldn’t comprehend that? Regardless, they were looking for Jesus in a place he didn’t belong.
Jesus himself said in John 14, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know him and have seen him!”
Jesus IS life.
Paul says, “For in him we live and move and exist.” There is no life without Christ and no life apart from Christ. Still, we search for Jesus in the most interesting places:
You may see Jesus in a book, but that’s not his permanent address
You may see Jesus in the stars, but he only set them into motion long ago
You may see Jesus in the church, but not in the building itself
You may see Jesus in nature, but the Lord of Creation is not in the garden
But rest assured, you will find Jesus every single time when you look to the resurrection.
The resurrection is a Gospel promise: He came, He died, He rose, and so can you.
His purpose in earthly ministry, his work on the cross, and his triumph in resurrection is fulfilled in this, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
“The best news of the Christian gospel is that the supremely glorious Creator of the universe has acted in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection to remove every obstacle between us and himself so that we may find everlasting joy in seeing and savoring his infinite beauty.” - John Piper
Think About: Considering the fact that Jesus IS life, what areas of your heart need his resurrection power? Are you looking for Christ in the things of this world or is your life truly completed in Him?
Prayer: Lord, breathe new life into me again. Let anything that’s dead in me be revived by your resurrection power! Help me to seek you with my whole heart, not looking to the things of this world to sustain, but for you and only you to give me life.
- Jimmy Thorpe
Jimmy is a songwriter, music producer and also the Worship Pastor here at the River. He and his wife Kim have two beautiful children.