He is risen!
The other day I woke up with the following words running through my mind.
“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?”
Luke wrote this account of Resurrection Morning:
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes. So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground.Luke 24:1–6a (CSB)
“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the men. “He is not here, but he has risen!
I wonder if today, we might also ask it like this . . . why are you looking for meaning among the meaningless?
Solomon said that it’s “like chasing the wind.”
I have also learned why people work so hard to succeed: it is because they envy the things their neighbors have. But it is useless. It is like chasing the wind.Ecclesiastes 4:4
But when I turned to look at all that I had accomplished and all the hard work I had put into it, I saw that it was all pointless. It was like trying to catch the wind.Ecclesiastes 2:11
Still, that’s what we do. We spend day after day chasing popularity, success, power, beauty, wealth, and status. We invest countless hours pursuing things that can’t last when we really want something that gives life meaning that lasts.
For the longest time, Solomon’s words bothered me. I didn’t want to think my efforts were meaningless, that I might be focused on things that are unimportant, or wasting time on foolishness.
But eventually, I realized that I had to take a closer look at the things I was chasing?
We live in the temporary. Things are always changing. The Bible tells us that we are merely stewards of our health, our work, our relationships, and our gifts and abilities.
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.Colossians 3:23 (CSB)
Why? Because that is to be our response to all that the Lord has done for us.
God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times pastRomans 3:25
Today we celebrate this truth . . . truth that gives life meaning that lasts forever.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!
Solomon also wrote:
I know that everything God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him.Ecclesiastes 3:14 (CSB)
God makes it possible for us to find meaning in the meaningful truth of Jesus that never fails and never ends.
A Prayer Asking God to Give Life Meaning that Lasts
Father, forgive me. I can so easily look for the “living among the dead.” I can look for meaning in the things that cannot last. I get caught up in the things the world calls important and end up “chasing the wind.” The enemy wants me to believe that a meaningful life includes power, influence, wealth, and beauty. But Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life that gives my life the meaning You planned for me.
He showed us the blessings You want for the people You created . . . blessings of hope, joy, peace, freedom, love, and life that lasts forever. Please help me focus my heart and mind on You, Lord. Help me SEEK You that You might give my life meaning. Help me love You completely. Help me love others the way You want me to love them.
Thank you for Jesus who gives me life. Thank you for Your Spirit who gives me faith. Thank you for Your grace and mercy. Thank you for Your forgiveness and love. Thank you, Father, You give my life meaning that lasts forever. Amen.
I don’t believe anyone wants to waste time “chasing the wind.” Yet, I wonder how many of us do just that without even realizing it.
What a blessing to know that God loves us so much, He provided the way for us to have a meaningful life that lasts. He gave Jesus who said:
“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.”John 11:25
May God bless you today as you continue to celebrate the gift of Jesus who gives life meaning today, tomorrow, and always.
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