03/29/13

“Why do you look for the living among the dead?”

“Why do you seek the living among the dead?’

That has to be one of my most favorite lines in all of Scripture.

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 5 And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? 6 He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” 8 And they remembered his words, 9 and returning from the tomb they told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now it was Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told these things to the apostles, 11 but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. 12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.”

—-Luke 24: 1-12 ESV

He was pierced for my transgressions and was bruised for my sins. The punishment that has brought to me eternal and lasting peace was upon Him. And by His wounds, I am healed and 15 years ago this Saturday night, I made life’s most important decision. To place all of my trust totally and completely in Him and I walked the aisle on Easter Sunday morning and proclaimed it to the congregation. I can’t help but think of that most amazing and special Easter Sunday this time of year. It warms my heart and brings tears to my eyes.

Yesterday morning on the way into work, I heard a song by Chris August called “BATTLE” where the lyrics read, “Life’s a battle of wrong and right that’s tearing me apart. Oh, but what the cross has done! Yeah the world will try to battle for my heart, but the war is already won.” It is a sing-songy upbeat song that I can’t help but sing along to and bob my head up and down, but today it hits differently. There I was at the stop light in front of the Yogli Mogli and the LA Fitness with hands raised just praising my little heart out. I am sure it was a good show for the others around me. 🙂 I didn’t care.  The war is already won because of what He did on this day over 2,000 years ago for you and for me. Praise Him for winning that battle!

Father, thank you. Thank you for living a sinless life and for dying a sinner’s death. Thank you for loving me enough to die for me. Thank you for loving me enough that you sought me out as a child 15 years ago and continue to seek me out and speak to my heart in the here and now. Thank you that you will continue to do so throughout the days you have allotted for me. Thank you for the blessing and indescribable gift of salvation. Never allow me to lose sight of the price you paid for me. Never allow me to lose sight of the power of the cross.  Amen.

The tomb is empty! Hallelujah!

 

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