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!
Luke 22:54 “Then too they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off.”
This is what provoked Peter’s denial of Christ. It is common among Christians to get in pressure situations and start regressing rather than progressing. Following Christ from a distance is a dangerous way to follow the Lord. Lets take a look at why following from a distance is such a dangerous lifestyle.
- It Disfigures our Sight – From a distance things seem smaller. From a distance Christ seemed smaller. The smaller the view we have of Christ the greater amount of fear we possess.
- Denying Spirit – Following from a distance is another way of saying we are straddling the fence. If we are a long distance from something then it gives us the choice to adhere to or deny the one we are following. This is why the pressure got to Peter. He thought he was far enough away that he was not associated with Christ. Being lukewarm is comes from a person that has decided to follow Christ from a distance.
- Distressed Situation: We find Peter later on in the text going out and weeping bitterly. Sin will do just that! Though Peter was comfortable for a brief period, we see a man that was broken over his situation. Following Christ may cost us something, but the price is far greater if we decide to live comfortable Christian lives.
Many so called “Christians” today find themselves doing the same thing. Following Christ from a Distance. God said that if we would draw nigh to Him then He would draw nigh unto us.
Today’s Challenge: Get closer to Christ!