One of the things we notice about the days between the crucifixion and the resurrection is the confusion and dark cloud that seemed to hang over the disciples and the other believers. In fact, even on the day of the resurrection there is fear and lack of direction and purpose.
While we may be tempted to criticize these early church members, I see the same general malaise in our Baptist churches today.
We that live clearly on this side of the resurrection too often have lives without purpose and joy. Living as though there was no resurrection after all.
I believe the answer to why this is and how to get out of this sad dreary pit is addressed in the three questions posed to the believers on the Resurrection Sunday as described in the Gospel of Luke. Let’s see if the Holy Spirit is asking the same questions of us today.
Why Seek the Living Among the Dead? (Luke 24:5)
Why? Because they were faithlessness (Luke 24:1)
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. (Luk 24:1)
Even a cursory read of the Gospels makes it clear the Lord promised to raise again the third day, and yet the actions of these ladies show them not acting in faith. If one of them had even the slightest faith, they would not have gone to the expense and effort to prepare the spices needed to complete the burial of the body. They would have at least thought, “maybe we ought to go to the tomb and see first”.
Too many times we seek the abundant life we long for in the areas and ways of the dead. We foolishly look to the world’s dead music, love relationships, and drive for ever more possessions and property for life. We also are looking for life among the dead.
We are living faithless by tithing (or at least “trying to tithe) without really believing God will honor His promise to bless. Thus we have no joy or expectation in our giving. Or worse, we do not give at all because of our lack of faith.
Or maybe we pray and then make plans to violate God’s principles because we do not have faith He will answer or provide a means of escape from our problems.
Why? Because they were fearful (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? (Luk 24:5)
Fear robs us of our faith. Their fear of the unknown and trouble brewing made them faithless.
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.(Rom 8:15)
Why? Because they were forgetful (Luke 24:6-7)
…remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. (Luk 24:6-7)
We need reminding of the Bible’s promises, principles, and commands regularly. That is one reason we need to read, study, mediate, and hear the preaching of God’s Word daily. Praying the promises and seeking His provisions based upon His Word will keep us mindful of God’s says.
A key to not forgetting is doing!
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. (Jas 1:25)
Do what you hear and you will not forget!
Note what happened when their hearts and heads were put aright
And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. (Luk 24:8-9)
- They remembered – Amazing how well we can think when we are freed from the fear that grips our minds.
- They returned – they left where faith should have told them not to be in the first place.
Watch for part 2 of Resurrection Questions.
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