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April 21, 2019

I believe in Resurrection

Luke 24:1-12 The Resurrection of Jesus

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed 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, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Sometimes we, like Peter, need to witness firsthand the power of God to heal and restore, so we run to walk alongside our friends and family that are going through various medical treatments, so that they know that God deeply cares for them and is with them in this time of distress. There in our sorrow we are often surprised like the women at the tomb early in the morning of what exactly our God is capable of doing, and we like the women, are surprised by the power of God to raise us up.

Which is why we need to be reminded of the empty tomb, to see the grave empty and the death clothes just lying there – because not even death and despair can keep our God from doing a new thing, an amazing thing, a resurrection thing.

And we might have a hard time with that story from time to time, but it’s why we are reminded – “why are you looking for the living among the dead?” For our God is not dead but alive – and when we seek God in the living – in the real life – in the now - we see that God continues to raise up the dead, to give new life and hope to a world that is marked by sin and fear. We see God who continues to love us beyond what we have done and left undone. We see a God who lives and moves and makes all things new. We see a God who makes resurrection possible!!

So go ahead – run to the tomb like the women and Peter did – run to those places in our world that are marked by fear, shame, death, and despair. For in those places we encounter the Risen Lord. In those liminal spaces of our world we experience a God who brings new life and does the impossible! In those places we see God turn our grieving into dancing, from despair to hope, from death to new life. So run, run to the tomb so that you too can experience the power of our God.

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