Luke 24:5 “And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?”
There was a group of people that desired to tend to the body of Jesus. Coming to the tomb they found an astonishing sight. It was empty. While looking around the tomb they were confronted by two men “in shining garments”. The question these men asked is a question that must still be asked today: “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” Today’s society as well as many Christians are doing the same today. They are looking for something that is living in the graveyards of life. The problem was not the who, but the where. They were looking for the right person, but they were looking in the wrong place. Today is no different. We see people looking for the hope that is found in Jesus Christ but they are looking in all the wrong places. Jesus is not down, but he is up! Lets examine some graveyards that lead people away from Christ rather than toward Christ.
- The Graveyard of Religion: The Book of James talks about pure religion. However; pure religion does not come with a Church experience, a religious routine, or becoming a part of some spiritual social club. Pure religion comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. Quit look around and start look up.
- The Graveyard of Relationships: I have watched this over the past few years become a major problem. Especially among our younger generation. Trying to build a relationship with another person without having a relationship with Christ leads to emptiness and heartache. We must shake our desire for acceptance among the world and concentrate our desire in an upward direction. Relationships here on this earth will fade one way or the other, but our relationship with Christ is for eternity. Quit looking among the world and start looking up toward Heaven.
- The Graveyard of Rituals: Traditions and customs have absolutely excluded Christ from the worship experience. We get so caught up in what they did in the past that we forget to look at what God is doing today. Times change, people change, and cultures change but God stays the same. Don’t allow the customs of religious routines, and rituals keep you from experiencing a life of abundance in Christ.
Today’s Challenge: Examine where you are looking today. Decide whether or not you are looking for fulfillment among living things or eternal things. Remember that the things of this earth will soon pass away. The answer to the question is simple: “He is not here for He is risen!” LOOK UP!