(The following verses happen after “the women from Galilee” had gone to Jesus’ tomb to anoint His body, and found that the tomb was open, and that Jesus’ body was no longer there).–This is what God gave me today in His word:
While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. 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? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.”
Now, these women obviously had some sort of faith in Jesus. They had followed Him all the way from Galilee, after all. However, their faith had some limits to it. They only believed so much of what Jesus said, not quite all of it. We see this in the fact that they had somehow managed to forget some of the most important words in all of history, which Jesus had told them. i.e., that He would be delivered into the hands of sinful men, crucified, and on the third day rise from the dead.
Also, it’s worth noting the wording of the angels (if you don’t believe the “men in dazzling apparel” where angels, consider that normal men don’t suddenly appear out of nowhere): “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” In other words, these women were looking for Christ in all the wrong places. Now, with all that being said, are we like these women?
Does our faith only extend, “so far”? Are we looking for the living one (Jesus) in the dead law? Whatever our issue might be, there is exactly one solution; it’s the same solution these women were given by the angel. The angel reminded them that Jesus had risen from the dead! If we are lacking faith, we can look to Jesus’ Resurrection to help us. If we’re looking to the law for salvation, we can look at Jesus’ Resurrection, and see that we really can be saved by faith in Jesus.–If Jesus’ sacrifice hadn’t been accepted on our behalf, Jesus would’ve never risen from the grave.
You are Loved!
P.S. Note: It’s possible that I will not be able to post on Saturday, and I’m fairly confident that on Sunday I really won’t be able to post. Thank’s for bearing with me.