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"Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here but has risen…”

Luke 24:5a


I love this line from the angel in Luke’s telling of the resurrection story. It reorients the women and changes their perspective on that Easter morning. They had come to the tomb expecting to find death, a lifeless body. For them this was the end of the line, the last funerial act to say goodbye to their Lord, their teacher, their friend. Yet the angel upsets this notion, Jesus is not among the dead, he is alive! Don’t look for him here! The tomb is empty, death has been undone.

"Why do you look for the living among the dead?

            This question isn’t just for the women at the tomb. It is also for us, all these centuries later. It helps us to reorient our own perspective. Too often as a church or in our larger society we persist in a way of being. Things are clearly broken, and we keep reaching for the same solutions and the same way of thinking to address the problem. We are stuck in the tomb, like the women, looking for answers in the dark, in dead ends. It is then that this question then grabs us and shakes us. It reminds us that the tomb is empty. We won’t find what we are looking for here. God’s Spirit is leading us back out among the living into new life and new possibilities.

There is that old saying that goes, “If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten”. As we look to our own lives, our congregations, our community, and our world we would do well to remind ourselves of the angel’s question. We would do well to wonder how God might be reorienting our lives so that we don’t simply do what we have always done. Why are we looking for life in the ways that lead to death? God is no longer there, and by God’s grace neither are we. We are people of the resurrection looking it’s fruits, for God’s life-giving Spirit, not in the tomb, but out in the land of the living.

Forever in Christ,

Pastor CJ Boettcher

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