April 2010/////Vol. 52///////No. 4
GoodThoughts a monthly article from
our pastor Eric Hankins
“Why do you seek the
Living One among
the Dead?” This is the
question of Easter.
This is the question
asked of the followers of Jesus since that very first
Resurrection Morning. This promise of God has
always been clear: those who seek Me will find
Me, if they seek Me with all their heart (Deut.
4:29, 1 Chr. 28:9, 2 Chr. 15:12, Ps. 119:2, Jer. 29:13).
The desire of Christ is that we would know His
presence. He is not playing “hide-and-seek.” He
has not burdened us with some enigmatic treasure
map, esoteric list of clues, or exacting set of tasks.
Instead, He gives us Himself in the immediacy of
His presence. He wants to be found not by only
those who are quick-witted or qualified but by the
foolish and the weak.
So, if you are not walking intimately with the
Savior, could it be that you are simply looking in
the places He refuses to be and looking for Him
as He refuses to be? In the Resurrection accounts
in the Gospels, we find Jesus meeting people
everywhere, under all kinds of circumstances,
encountering people with various dispositions of
belief. He meets them on the road, on the beach,
behind locked doors. He meets them in their fear,
their ignorance, their doubt, their failure, and
their patent unfaith. But He will not meet them as
a dead man, a ghost, or a vision. He only meets
them as the Living One. He wants them to touch
his wounds that they may know for certain that
Death has done its best to defeat Him but that He
has won decisively. Even though Jesus is still in
the graveyard when He finally speaks with Mary,
He is outside the tomb, anxious to leave, and
refuses to be held in place.
So, where are you hoping to find Jesus this
Easter? Safely and quietly locked away? Entombed
in cool, mysterious darkness? Close enough
to commemorate yet far enough away that his
Life and Words remain muffled, indistinct, and
unbinding? He will not meet you t