6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go
quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into
Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”
Matthew 28:6 – 7
Praise God, Jesus is risen from the dead!
Where are you looking for Jesus? Are you looking in the church? Are you looking at other people or programs? Where are you looking for Jesus?
When the women arrived at the grave the angel told them, “He is not here….” The joy we have these 2000+ years later is knowing that He has ascended to Heaven. We also know that He has sent the Holy Spirit to be with us and guide us through everything. But, the question remains, where are you looking for Jesus?
Is it in that next promotion, ‘if I just get it, we’ll be able to give to the poor’? Is it in the new location, ‘if I just go here, I’ll be better at helping the homeless’? Is it in that different church, ‘they do such good work, I’ll be more involved there’? Where are you trying to find Jesus?
Today, this moment, Jesus is right where you are. He is in the same space as your home, your job, your living arrangement. Jesus is in the midst of your life. We don’t have to go searching for the Redeemer. He is with us in every aspect of our daily living. What we do need to do is meet Jesus where He is.
The angel told the women to “tell his disciples… (He) is going ahead of you into Galilee”. Jesus is always going to be right where we need to be. He is waiting for us. Instead of us waiting for the right moment to “meet up with Jesus”, we need to go where Jesus has led us.
If Jesus is telling you, become more involved in the church. That is where you need to go to look for Him. If Jesus has told you, “I need you to feed the hungry”, then you will find Jesus in the serving line at a food pantry. If He has told you to help the homeless, then you will find Him in the shelter where you volunteer or on the street corner where you stop and hand off a drink, a snack, a package of socks.
It isn’t enough to seek out Jesus, in the tomb, we have to put feet to our faith and go to where He has led us. Waiting is not an option. We can no longer wait on the Lord; we must become doers of what Jesus taught. The time for study and comfort is over. It is our time to step up and do the work that Jesus did. The work He has commanded us as His disciples to do. We can no longer let excuses stand in the way of our servanthood. We can no longer let the world’s business stand in the way of our Heavenly duty.
Today, ask yourself, where am I looking for Jesus? And then examine your life and see where it is that He has called you to be. When you do this, you will find Jesus fully alive in you, your work and the world in which you live.
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