The question on the lips of the two men at the tomb is one each of us must consider: “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” As I think about all the vices and addictions we grapple with on a daily basis, I can’t help but think that we often search for meaning and life in the pleasures and desires of our flesh. We look for life in these things, thinking they will bring us something lasting, but at best, caving in to our fleshly desires only numbs us temporarily; and at worst, leads us down the path to destruction and death. Do you find yourself searching for meaning in life and continually coming up empty? Would you consider that you might be looking for the living among the dead? When we turn to Jesus, the one who conquered death and is alive, he will show us the path to meaning and life that is only found in him.
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.
When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.