The Empty Tomb
Daily Bible Reading – Nehemiah 5, 6; Psalm 146; Luke 24
Today’s Key Passage – Luke 24:1-35
The women who went to the tomb were bringing spices to honor Jesus, in much the same way as people bring flowers to a cemetery today. They wanted to pay their respects to the man they had followed for so long and who they thought had died. The “two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning” (24:4) were angels of the Lord who said to them “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” (24:5) The angels reminded the women that Jesus was not dead, and was instead resurrected just as He and the Scriptures had foretold.
Many people today still look for the living among the dead. People hear the Gospel and believe it to be a history lesson that does not mean much to their current lives. Many people believe that Jesus was “a great man” or “a great prophet” but are unable to see that He is so much more than that. Like the men Jesus first appeared to after the resurrection on the road to Emmaus (24:13-35), many people are unable to recognize Jesus for who he really is. He is not a fairy tale or a historical figure. He is the living, breathing God who still reigns today in the hearts of Christ followers everywhere.
Following the resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with His disciples. At first, many of them had trouble understanding or believing that Jesus was alive and was standing with them. After these 40 days, however, these disciples went on to start the Church. Many of them were imprisoned, persecuted, exiled, and even killed because of their faith in Jesus Christ. They withstood all of this punishment and refused to deny Jesus or renounce their faith for one simple reason – they had encountered the living Jesus and KNEW that He was exactly who he claimed to be – the Son of God who washed away the sins of the world.
Have you encountered the living Jesus? He can show up in your life in a big way and live with you forever, and all you have to do is ask.
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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.