Luke 24:5 Looking For Life

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?” Luke 24:5

One thing that people are searching for all over the world is life. They want to have a life that is fulfilled and successful. Most want to be happy and be able to really enjoy life.

In the process of looking for this type of life, people will search any thing and every where. There are few things that people will not try in order to get the life that they are seeking.

After Jesus had died, some women went to His tomb, only to find He was not there. Two angels appeared to them and asked them why they searched for the living among the dead. Jesus was not there, because He had risen from the dead.

Searching for meaning, purpose and life in this world, is searching among the dead. Everything that the world claims to bring purpose and life is dead. Those things are focused on the here and now, the temporary, which is dead and will pass away.

The only thing that gives true purpose and life is seeking God through Jesus Christ. Instead of searching on the level in this fallen, dead world, one must look up to God.

Some in the church let themselves fall into the ways of the world, seeking temporal life, rather than leaning on God for all life. Instead of looking among the dead, believers must get among other believers, the living, and with God to find real life.

Jesus brings a life that is real and eternal. It will meet the desires of the heart more than any thing in this world could ever offer.

As you are going through life, you must decide what you are really seeking to find. If you are desiring real life, then you must turn away from the dead things of this world, that have absolutely nothing of value to offer you.

Turn your search to knowing God more and more each day. It is only Jesus who can offer true life. He rose from the dead and is alive to this day and will remain alive for eternity.

Jesus offers this same life to you today. All you have to do is seek Him, repent of your sins and accept the life He has for you. Don’t seek life among the dead.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the life God has for you; that you will seek purpose and fulfillment in God alone; and that you will live to serve God.

Luke 23:46 In God’s Hands

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

Last moments of life, going into death, are often scary for most people. They do not know what to expect. They often cling to life refusing to want to give up and die. The unknown is something that awaits them and it is fearful.

It is in these last moments of life that many people realize how temporary life is and how little material things really are.

As Jesus was giving up His last breaths of life and dying, He committed His Spirit to the Father, God, and died.

The commitment of His Spirit to the Father is His absolute trust in God to take care of His Spirit and bring Him back to life.

Just as those in the world fear death, there are some believers who fear it also. They question what they believe and what God is going to do. As this happens, it is a sign that they really don’t know or understand God’s great, eternal and perfect love for them.

The only reason God sent Jesus to die was to save people from their sins and give them eternal life. This is perfect love. Knowing this, the believer can trust God’s word and His actions. God will never go back on His word.

At the moment a believer fully trusts God’s perfect word, he can face death with the peace Jesus had. He will be able to commit his life and spirit to God, knowing God will raise him from the dead to eternal life.

This takes away all the fear and unknown of death. There is eternal life found after physical death on this earth.

You may or may not have come close to death yourself. You most likely have seen known of others to die. When you are faced with death, you may have wondered what is next and if you are ready for it. Questions may arise in your heart about whether God will save you or not.

As long as you believe in the work and grace of Jesus and you repent of your sins, God will save you. The life you now live is only temporary. Commit your life and Spirit to God and He will give you eternal life.

Rest in knowing God loves you, forgives you and will raise you from the dead.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy towards you; and that you will commit your life and spirit into God’s hands.

Luke 18:8 Will You Display Faith?

I tell you, he will see that they will get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8

Scientists and engineers are always seeking ways for mankind to be able to do everything that they desire on their own. There is a common belief that man can do anything he sets his mind to do. There are no limits.

All of these people have great faith, but it is in themselves, their abilities and the things they have invented. It is a faith and belief that with enough time, money and effort anything is possible.

Jesus had just given a parable about being persistent in pursuing God’s help, having faith that God will do what is needed to be done. Then He asked if when He returns, if He will actually find any faith on the earth.

Faith is trusting God for what cannot be seen or what has not occurred yet. People have faith in things, other people and themselves every day.

Many claim to have faith in God, but do not really show it. They come up against a problem in life and bring it to God for a moment. As soon as God does not clear the problem immediately, they begin to seek ways to solve it themselves or with the help of others.

Seeking to do it by oneself so quickly is removing faith in God to answer in the best way. One no longer has true faith in God, but more in self and others.

Every believer must put complete faith in God for everything. Things must be laid on the line trusting God so much, that if He does not come through, the person or thing will fail.

Pursuing God for help must be the top priority, not self-help or help from others. This is faith in God.

Each day you will have opportunities to exercise your faith in God. There will be things you must bring to God and lay it at His feet to take care of.

You have a choice as to whether you will let God take care of your needs, or you will strive to do it all on your own without His help. This is a choice of whether you will have faith in God or in self.

When God looks at your life, does He find faith?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in God’s abilities and love; that you will seek God first for all your needs; and that you will see God work in your life.