One of the songs we sang in church today was Forever, by Brian Johnson and Bethel Music. The chorus of the song goes like this,
“The ground began to shake, the stone was rolled away, His perfect love cannot be overcome, O death where is your sting, our resurrected King, forever has defeated, forever He is glorified, forever He is lifted high, forever He is risen, He is alive, He is alive”
As I stood there worshiping, I began to think about this account recorded in Luke 24. It says, “But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”
Jesus had been crucified. After he died, his body was taken down from the cross and laid in a tomb. This was not hearsay. They had witnessed it. They had seen it with their own eyes. As hard a truth as is was to swallow, Jesus was dead. Thus, their actions, the purchasing of spices to anoint his body, in preparing it for burial, corresponded with their unfortunate reality, and their expectation.
Surprisingly, when they arrived, Jesus’ body was nowhere to be found. While they were amazed to find the tomb empty, the heavenly beings present there were equally perplexed that they had brought spices to anoint the body of Jesus. It was no secret to those in the inner circle that Jesus was going to die and rise again. He had communicated this truth on more than one occasion. Still, they arrived early on the first day of the week bringing spices because what had been true, they assumed would remain true. In other words, their anticipation was to see the result of their past reflected in their future.
But that is not a principle of the Kingdom. God does not determine what will be, based on what has been. Instead, what will be, is determined based on what he has established and set into motion, without respect to that which may have been. That is why he called Abraham, the father of a multitude, while Sarah was still unable to have children. The Apostle Paul echoes this in the book of Romans 4:17 where he writes, “As it is written, ‘I have made you a father of many nations.’ This is in the presence of him whom he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls those things that are not, as though they were.
Yet how many times do we limit what can be based on what has been? How many times do we determine God’s ability by our experience? They had seen Jesus crucified, his body taken down from the cross and laid in a tomb. That was their experience. That was their reality. However, based on his word to them, that should not have been their expectation. For this reason, when the angels observed them entering the tomb with spices they had prepared, searching for a body to anoint, they questioned, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?
Regardless of what you may be facing in your life today or what you may have experienced in your past, it does not dictate God’s ability to bring about all he as purposed for your future. In accordance with this passage, the question to consider this week is, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”
Hear the Holy Spirit asking, “Why do you look for defeat where I have declared victory? Why do you seek death where I have spoken life? Why do you operate in brokenness where I have declared healing? Why do you settle for mediocrity when I have wired you for excellence? Why do you consider yourself of so little value when I have created you with such great worth?”
You are a child of the Most High. Therefore, why do you base the potential of your future on the pain of your past? Expect great things. For with God, all things are possible. Mark 10:27
May God richly bless you this week, and my his peace be upon you.