“Why do you look for the living among the dead?”
Church of All Nations
April 11, 2021
2nd Sunday after Easter
1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and
went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not
find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that
gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 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? 6 He is not here; he has
risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 7 ‘The Son of Man must be delivered
over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’” 8 Then they remembered his
words. 9 When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10
It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the
apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12
Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and
he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.
The story begins with the reality of the world: Jesus is dead, and His followers assume that His dead body
must be in the tomb (24:1-3). The women came to the tomb to anoint the dead body of Jesus with the spices.
(This was a custom for the proper burial of the body. This was done to respect the dead). The devoted women
were in great pain and sorrow for the death of Jesus whom they dearly loved.
The women discovered the empty tomb! “They did not find the body of the Lord Jesus” (v.3). Jesus’ dead
body was missing! The angelic messengers announced to the women: “Why do you look for the living among
the dead? He is not here, but has risen” (v.5). Here, the women encountered the reality of God’s Kingdom!
The Truth of God’s Kingdom is that Christ has conquered the power of death! Christ is risen and alive!
The Gospel of John describes that the woman believed in resurrection through actually meeting with the
risen Christ at the tomb. The Gospel of Luke, however, emphasizes that the women believed Christ’s
Resurrection through ‘remembering’ Christ, His teaching, and His words! The messengers told the women to
“Remember how He told you, while Jesus 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.’” (v. 6-7).
The women were not only to ‘remember’ Jesus’ teaching and words, but also, they were to ‘re-member’ the
body of Christ! The death tore apart the ‘members’ of their former community by fear, confusion, guilt, and
distress. The women were now called to build a new community, the Resurrected body of Christ! They
shared the Good News of the Resurrection with the people around them!
We, Christians are called to build Christ’s community wherever we are! Remember that Christ is alive and
working in the world. Christ has defeated the power of death! Alleluia! Christ is risen, and we no longer need
to be afraid. We are to witness to the world for the Gospel, as we are now living in the power of Resurrection!
• Imagine that you are also heading to the tomb early that morning with these women. What are you
• The angels are also speaking to you: “why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here;
He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you…”
What do you remember? What are you thinking or feeling about this news?
• The women went to tell the news to other disciples. Verse 11 says: “But they did not believe the
women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense”.
Do you also think somehow in your mind that resurrection is nonsense? Or do you really believe it?
How does your life and your way of life change when you believe in the Resurrection?
• The women shared the Good news with those in their community. How about you? After knowing
Christ’s Resurrection, Who are you going to share this joyful news with?
• Jesus encourages us not to be afraid. Perhaps this feels difficult in the current state that the world is
in… How do you respond to this encouragement? How can you be a witness to the world for the
hope of the Risen Christ?
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall
be, world without end. Amen.