WednesdayApril 12, 2017

Daily Devotional

Looking Beyond the Tomb

By: Pastor Ed Young

Posted: April 12, 2017

From Series: Easter

In Topics: All, Biblical Studies, Jesus, Power, Resurrection, Salvation


Luke 24:5-8, “In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified, and on the third day be raised again.’ Then they remembered his words.”


The grave could not hold Him. The tomb remains empty. Our Savior has victoriously defeated death once and for all. We serve the risen Lord. We know this.  We believe it in our hearts. Why then, do we allow our current struggles, past mistakes, inadequacies, and insecurities to mask what we know is true? Because, in these moments we just can’t we seem to look beyond the tomb to the supernatural resurrection power that’s available to us 24/7!

As the women approached Jesus’ tomb on Easter morning, what do you think shocked them most? Was it the missing body, the appearance of the two men whose clothes “gleamed like lightening”, or their unusual question, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead?’ These women had been present at the crucifixion, they saw Jesus draw His last breath, they witnessed His burial, and they arrived that morning carrying spices to remove the stench of death from His lifeless body. Only when reminded of what the Savior had said did they remember His words. This is such a teachable moment for us all! It proves that we mustn’t be so clouded by emotion that we forget the Word of God. We are forever free of sin and death, and every day we must live in the light of the risen Lord and cling to His promises. Remember, “Jesus came so that we would have life, and have it to the full!”


Put today’s verses in context by reading Luke 24:1-12.


Thank God for fulfilling every promise and delivering you from sin and death. And pray for specific ways God could show His power to those around you.