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Luke 24: 5–7 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.”
If you read the Gospel of Luke concerning the resurrection of our Lord you will find a point of transition. The women journeyed to the tomb with the understanding that they were going to complete what was left undone. The spices were for the anointing of Jesus because He had died.
That morning, things didn’t seem right. The stone was rolled away and there was no body of Jesus. Perplexed is probably a mild word to reflect what was going on in their minds. It was the message they were given that changed everything; “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Not being in the tomb is one thing; being risen is completely another. The reality of our lives changes with one simple: but. A change, a transition, a reflection of new truth. Death no longer has power over us because of this victory by Jesus the Christ.
We express it still today with a historic proclamation: Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia! May God’s grace bring you joy today and always!
Rev. Robert Mundahl
Lutheran Women’s Missionary League