“The women were terrified and bowed 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 but has risen.’”
– (Luke 24:5)
CHANGING OUR PERSPECTIVE TO FIND OUR TRUTH
In Luke, after the resurrection, two women go to the tomb where Jesus was laid. To their dismay, Jesus was gone. “The women were terrified and bowed 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 but has risen.’” (Luke 24:5) The women had arrived at the tomb of Jesus and found his body missing. Two angels suddenly appeared, and the women were terrified. They had been looking for a body and it was gone! All they had known was in disarray. Where had the body gone? The angels gave them a clue, that Jesus was among the living and not the dead. He had risen. The Angels reminded the women that Jesus had told them that on the third day he would arise. The women had heard this directly from Jesus, but at the time had not understood him. When he had spoken this message to them, what Jesus said did not fit with what they desired to be true. It was too hard to comprehend. But now they saw it and remembered his words.
Life is like this a lot. Change is inevitable. Those who reframe the events of life quickly can move quickly. While others of us remain terrified of change. We stay rooted in the past and take on a cynical view of change. We hem and haw about why we must change. We resist, but change is inevitable. The more we resist the truth, the greater is our fear.
The story of the risen Jesus changes this paradigm. It invites us to embrace change. In the book “Who Moved the Cheese,” Haw said, “When you move beyond your fear, you feel free.” This is true with both the Resurrection and the smaller events of our lives. The Resurrection is a reframing of our relationship with God. A God for the living and not the dead. A hopeful future with Jesus. In the smaller events of our lives, this is true as well. When we reframe our circumstances, we reframe our actions. Many times, it is the fear of changing that holds us back. Moving past this fear reframes our future.
Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman