I was reading the Resurrection story this morning in Mark 24. It's nothing new for me. Every verse was familiar. Every detail. But something jumped off the page at me and I wanted to share it with you. Because, in truth, it's the point of Easter. It's the point of Jesus death on the cross, it's the point of the resurrection. The morning that Jesus rose from the dead, some women were going to clean and anoint his body in the tomb. When they got there, an angel was waiting for them. This is what he asked them...
Mark 24:5b- Why do you look for the living among the dead?
If there is something I can tell you from my own life, it's that I constantly run after things that are dead. Are they physically dead, no, not necessarily, but when it relates to giving me hope and a future, they are absolutely dead. I think I mentioned on Friday in my post, apart from God we have nothing. Yeah, you could have the nicest house on the block, the best cars, a great family, and an awesome job, but the truth is, none of those BRING life. They can absolutely enhance your life, but they don't give you life. Only God can do that.
Man, my heart for you guys today is that you could have life. I wish you could feel my heart reaching through this computer screen giving you a big hug and trying to communicate this. My heart actually aches with it. Stop looking for life in things that are dead. You will run, you will chase, you will come up empty in the end. There is only one that offers real, true life- and that is Jesus.
It's pretty easy actually. There are no magic words. There's no bug scavenger hunt. God is waiting for you. He has been waiting for you your whole life. If you want that real true life, all you have to do is ask for it. God won't fail you.
If that's something you want today, you can pray this prayer or just talk to God yourself. Ask him for that life, tell him what you want. He's faithful!
Dear God, I don't want to live in death any more. I don't want to chase things that bring me nothing. I want real life. I want Jesus living in me and with me. Thank You for loving me enough to give your life on the cross, and thank you for being powerful enough to defeat sin and death and come alive again. Please forgive me for chasing everything but you. Amen.
Jesus is alive friend. He's alive, He's real, and He's waiting for you. Take the gift of life He's offering you today.