What Are You Looking For?
Rev. Karen Goltz
“Why do you look for the living among the
dead?” It’s a good question. Jesus himself had told them what was to happen to
him, and that on the third day he would rise again. And here it was, the third
day, and the women were in the cemetery, carrying the spices used for treating a
dead body. They weren’t looking for the living Christ; they were seeking a
corpse they could treat with respect, bury properly, and then leave in the tomb
marking his final resting place as a remembrance of him. Similar to our modern
cemeteries today, they probably expected to return again and again to that tomb,
to remember Jesus’ life, to feel close to him, and to miss him.
We hear the story so often and know it so well,
it’s easy for us to sit back and snicker at the women and the other disciples
for their lack of faith. Of course Jesus had risen from the dead; he was the
Son of God. That should have been made clear by all the miracles he’d
performed, and of course they should have believed him when he’d said he would
rise from the dead. But we have an advantage; we have two millennia of people
telling the story, believing it enough to pattern their lives according to it,
and passing it down from generation to generation, to billions upon billions of
people over the centuries. It’s old news to us....
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