Sunday, April 5, 2015

Why do you seek the living among the dead?

Madeleine et les saintes femmes au tombeau - James Tissot
Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. But when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were greatly perplexed concerning this, suddenly two men stood by them in shining garments. As they were afraid and bowed their faces to the ground, they said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen! Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ ” Then they remembered His words.

And they returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. It was Mary Magdalene and Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. But their words seemed like fables to them, and they did not believe them. But Peter rose and ran to the tomb. Stooping down, he saw the linen clothes lying by themselves. He departed, wondering in himself what had happened. Luke 24 1:12 (NIV)
The Disciples Peter and John Running to the Sepulchre on the Morning of the Resurrection - Eugène Burnand
He is Risen!

He is Risen Indeed!

The tomb lies empty. Go forth and sing His praises.

Blessings to all and may the Peace and Joy of Easter be yours always.


  1. Happy Easter to you and yours.

  2. Happy Easter, Chris! Love the painting of Peter and John.

    1. It is one of my favorites. Here's the story behind how I found it.

    2. Great find. I think I like it so much because it portrays so much emotion!

    3. That's precisely why it appeals to me.

  3. Happy Easter!

    I heard an interesting exposition on these verses last night. The practice of wrapping the dead, and anointing them with spices and such, was usually done in much the same way the Egyptians made a mummy. The individual wrappings involved, and the many ointments and unguents, would possibly have weighed some 100 pounds and also been a binding agent, somewhat like glue. Therefore, the sight of an empty tomb, in and of itself, would have amazed - since the body would have been extraordinarily heavy after wrapping - but to see the wrappings emptied was even more so. Interesting thought.

    1. Makes perfect sense. It is reasonable to assume that the Israelites learned something of the preservation of the dead from the Egyptians. They were held captive there for a very long time.

      Happy Easter Jim!


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