Whom Are You Looking For?
It is much easier to believe that something is stolen than it is to believe that it just got up and walked away. Mary Magdalene, after seeing that Jesus’s tomb was empty, ran to tell some other disciples that the body was stolen. They all ran to the tomb to see for themselves, seeing the empty tomb they believed that it had been stolen, then they all went back home, all except for Mary. The same Mary whom Jesus had cast out six demons. If she ever said, “I am woman hear me roar” it must have caused people to scatter in every direction. Jesus is the One person who loved her, and she worshipped Him. As she was weeping from her sorrow, Jesus spoke to her asking, “Whom do you seek?” Her response was that she wanted to know where He was. It was then that He appeared to her, revealing His resurrected body. She ran to the house where the disciples returned, and this time told them that Jesus is risen from the dead, but now they are not able to believe. Who are you looking for? The dead Jesus in the tomb or the resurrected Jesus?
One thing for sure, God is not the God of the dead but the God of the living. Death is the result of sin that separates us from God, as we know that the wages of sin is death. Death was not able to hold Jesus in the grave because He was sinless. If Jesus would of had just one sin he would of had the wages of sin as His final payday. By the power of God’s Spirit, by the power of His Holiness, Christ Jesus was resurrected. Because of His sinless sacrifice on the Cross, and His defeat over death, our sin is atoned for and now we live through Him by the resurrection power. Who are you looking for? The God who has the resurrection power, or a god that pays you with the wages of sin to guarantee your Spiritual death?
Because of what Christ did on the Cross, we are guaranteed to be with Him in the New Jerusalem on that day of resurrection. The sin we once had no longer matters because Christ destroyed sin and death on Calvary. Jesus appeared to Mary before He appeared to His own Disciples! Mary was possessed by six demons…a vile person…whom Christ healed. His disciples were…well…His Disciples! It makes no difference how important or how humble we think we are, when Christ puts our sin in remission we are just as important as the other in the eyes of God. If someone snoops around in the tomb of where your sin once was, it is not going to be there, but it is empty of sin because we are resurrected in the Spirit of God. Who are you looking for? The sinner that was or the new creature born from the Cross of Christ?
We are the Temple of God, not the Temple of Tomb! Satan wants our inner being to be filled with the ways of the world, the efforts of the flesh, and to live according to the wages of sin. Satan wants the Temple of God to be filled with the elements that brings death to the Spirit, death to God, and death to the Cross of Christ. When those under the influence of the Anti-Christ look into the tomb, they want to see the dead body of Christ buried by the sin of human depravity. Satan wants to steal the sinless body of Christ that has no wages of sin to collect, Satan wants to kill the resurrection power that we have in the Cross of Christ, Satan wants to destroy the Temple of God. Too bad! Christ has defeated Satan and death when He shed His blood on the Cross. Our body, the Temple of God, lives in the resurrection power of the Holy Ghost, this House belongs to God, and Christ Jesus lives.
“But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” John 20:11-17