“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” – Luke 24:5b-6a
“Why do you look for the living among the dead?” The women had come to Jesus tomb to anoint his body for the burial when they encountered a pair of angels asking this question. Followed up by the good news, “He is not here; he has risen!” Such wonderful good news. Jesus is alive! Death is defeated!
The gospel of Luke opens with angels delivering messages to Zacharias, Mary, some shepherds. And to the shepherds, it was a message of great joy for all people. The message delivered here was also a message of great joy to all people. Death had been conquered. Jesus had defeated the power of death. No longer do we have to fear death. “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” (1 Cor. 15:55).
Thank you Lord that “in you” I no longer need fear death and its great unknown. Instead I can face it with confidence, knowing that you have defeated it. And, that on the other side of death, I will be with you forever.