Having an Easter egg hunt this year? Over 2000 years ago, Salome was a having a different kind of hunt…
Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so they could embalm him. Very early on Sunday morning, as the sun rose, they went to the tomb…
There they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed all in white. They were completely taken aback, astonished. He said,…“I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; He’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty.” ~ Mark 16
Are you looking for God? That’s what Mary, Mary and Salome were doing. They were expecting to find a dead body and instead they found an angel announcing the best news ever: their dear teacher and friend, Jesus, the one whom they witnessed His gruesome death, was alive!
The empty tomb meant that Jesus was who He said He was: the Messiah, God as well man, the Lord who forgave sins and saves the lost.
And that is the point. We search for God, but He is already here among us, already alive and waiting for us to turn to Him, return to Him. He is looking for us and wants to bring us home!
Then Jesus told them a picture-story, saying, “What if one of you had one hundred sheep and you lost one of them? Would you not leave the ninety-nine in the country and go back and look for the one which was lost until you find it? When you find it, you are happy as you carry it back on your shoulders. Then you would go to your house and call your friends and neighbors. You would say to them, ‘Be happy with me because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven because of one sinner who is sorry for his sins and turns from them, than for ninety-nine people right with God who do not have sins to be sorry for.” ~ Luke 15
God is not waiting for us to find Him. He is actively searching for us! God is not searching for perfect people, “churchy” religious types. He is looking for people who know they fall short, of even their own values and feel lost. God is looking for people who maybe look great on the outside, you know: Facebook-perfect people, but inside they are embarrassed by their own shortcomings.
Read the complete story written by Jesus' dear friend John here.