Let us not look “for the living among the dead”

Dear friends,

It is obvious that after Jesus was crucified, his closest friends didn’t expect him to rise from the dead. They had their own image of Jesus, they were convinced that he was invincible and they believed in him as the Son of the Living God. They were looking forward to see how many other interesting experiences they would have with Jesus and suddenly it was the end… By the empty grave they could think that someone had stolen the body… And the angels told the women, who came early to Jesus’ grave, something unheard of, something they hadn’t even imagined could happen: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, he has risen!

Sadness, misfortune, disappointment also obscures our vision, it dulls our memory, it causes confusion, our faith falters and fails. The ideas that Jesus’ disciples and friends had of Jesus, the one they had lost, fell apart. In their grief and despair they forgot what he had taught them. The angels asked the witnesses of the empty grave to remember what Jesus had said about himself, that he had to suffer, be crucified, die, and on the third day that he would rise again. JESUS LIVES, HE IS RISEN! The resurrection comforts, it reassures, it is the turning point in salvation history. At the beginning it was hard to believe...

That sentence “He is not here, he is risen!” teaches us to wonder at Jesus as the victorious Lord who will never reject us. A living relationship with the living Jesus enables us to talk to him about our steps and decisions. It should mark our actions, how we behave in our families, work and community. Among other things, Jesus said: “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live!” (John 14:18-19)

What about us, do we believe the witnesses of the empty grave? Are we able today to remember what Jesus has taught us? Let us together learn from this story and let us not look “for the living among the dead”. May the joy of the risen Jesus be present in our lives. May it also be seen in our actions and behaviour.

Help us Lord to believe in your resurrection and to live a life full of the meaning of “the good news”. Amen

In my name, in name of our team members and members of VBH board, we wish you a blessed Easter holiday. “Luke 24:1-12“

Martin Mražík
VBH General Secretary