Who are you looking for?

What are you expecting to find when you go off and look for Jesus?

According to Screwtape (The Screwtape Letters, letter 23), Satan’s goal is to help us see Jesus as a construct, an idea, a concept, not a “Creator adored by its creature” but a “distinguished character approved by a judicious historian”.

In Luke 24, we read about the Sunday following the crucifixion. When the “women” (Mary Magdalene, Mary- mother of Jesus, Joanna, Mary-mother of James and a few others) went looking for Jesus in the tomb, they were indeed looking for simply a dead man. A “great” man, perhaps, but a man nonetheless. They were looking for a construct.

What they found was an empty tomb. After being told by two angels that Jesus had risen as promised, they returned to the remaining apostles, who refused to believe what they had heard.

Except for Peter. Peter ran to the tomb, looked in and saw the empty burial strips. He returned home, “wondering what had happened”.

Are you like the women? Shocked that Jesus had kept his word and had risen?
Are you like the Apostles? Disbelieving?
Are you like Peter? Running to the tomb to see for yourself, and then wondering where He might be?

What are you expecting to find when you go off and look for Jesus?

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