Why seek the living among the dead?
|Now upon the first day of the
week, very early in the morning, they
came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared,
and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from
the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of
Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed
thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they
said unto them, Why seek
ye the living among the dead?
1. The folly of selfish pleasure
What are you
seeking in life? All of us
are seeking answers to questions such as: what is life about,
why am I here, is there life a beyond the grave? Not matter
we are our lives, at some stage, show that we are seeking for
wherever we seek there is no answer. We only find
death in those things.
seek purpose in
wealth, pleasure or other pursuits.
But where do they end? They may give temporary fulfillment but in the
long run they do not satisfy the depths and longings of the
heart. We brought nothing into the world, and we can
with us when we die; anything we may have gained materially will be of
no use to us then.
Others go after pleasures of the flesh drinking
taking drugs, illicit sexual activities and so on. But where
that end ? The pleasures they may bring, eventually
and even may destroy the body, in the end the price
these things is very high, and not just to the physical body but to the
soul as well; we are all accountable to God, and will have to answer
for our lives on that terrible day of judgment.
The truth is all that these
temporary pleasures, and are at a high price, in
they don't really satisfy the deep needs of the human heart. People are
seeking the living thing they want among the dead things of
2. True life is found in Jesus
God created man to have true life,
the life that comes from above,
but because we are fallen
and are in sin we look for true life elsewhere. Jesus is the one alone
who has the true life.
is the spirit
that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto
you, they are
spirit, and they are life.
Then Simon Peter
answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal
The thief cometh not, but for
to steal, and to kill, and to
destroy: I am come that
they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly
New Testament makes it plain that true life is only
in Jesus, He came to give us that true life, that is His own life.
Anything else is false and death. The question is: do you have this
eternal life? What will it profit you if you gain the whole world,
become the richest, most famous celebrity, yet at the end of
life be lost and be cast into eternal damnation?
3. Seek Him whilst you can
For God so loved
the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
God's gift to the
world, and He came to give us true life. This eternal and
abundant life is offered to all those who
truly repent and believe on Him. Jesus'
that, so called, first Easter Sunday proved the truth of what
taught: that He is the only way of salvation, and only by Him can we
have the abundant life that God offers.
Jesus saith unto
him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me.
In the last day, that great
day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me,
and drink. He that believeth on me,
as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of
living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they
believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given;
because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
you stand before God? Have you
God's gift of salvation? if not you, and anything but
hearted acceptance is taken as rejection, are under
God and are in danger of eternal
Repent now and turn to Jesus.
on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not [=
refuseth] is condemned
already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten
Son of God.
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