The Gospel of Luke

This devotional is written by Heidi Watt. Heidi has got Disney Plus and spends most of her free time watching as much of it as she can.

Luke 24:1-12

Jesus Has Risen

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, "Why do you look for the living among the dead? 6 He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.' " 8 Then they remembered his words.

9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.

Reflection

Over the past 6 years my sister has been struggling with alcoholism and I will admit there were times when I could not understand why God would let this happen. Countless occasions we'd think she could maybe, finally be better and then something awful would happen, I would get so angry, at her and at my parents, I would forget God's promise during these dark times.

Having read this account on the resurrection, the part that really drew my attention is when the women are asked by the two men why they are ‘searching among the dead', when Jesus had told them before his death that he WILL rise again! These women had come to the tomb expecting to find Jesus dead, as there was no expectation that he would be alive. They had forgotten what he had said before his death. I find this interesting as it is often too easy to forget the truth of what Jesus has done for us in dark times, we can go in search of the wrong thing. We often distract ourselves with work, spending, alcohol, Horoscopes even, and I just ran. In this verse we are asked ‘why are you searching among the dead?', what are we looking for if we already know God's truth? We have everything we need in his promise. The promise is that Jesus is ALIVE. When life is challenging let's remember not to search among the dead. We should come to the Lord and we should come with expectation. I didn't expect that my sister would ever get better and at times I thought she might die, she's not 100% there, but she's gone through miraculous healing.

What's distracting you when you're going through a difficult time? What do you do to remind yourself of God's promise?


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