…Behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here but has risen.”
Luke 24: 4–6 (ESV)
How often have we also sought the living Jesus among the dead while wandering in a darkened empty tomb? Must we remind ourselves that we live on a morally and ethically decaying world, inhabited by the spiritually destitute? How often have I buried my faith and trust in God below a burgeoning load of worldly concerns, crippling fears, or fruitless works, thus entombing God’s ability to illuminate and empower me to rise up to a life of victory?
Praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his righteous Kingdom, which dwells within us, and for his righteous authority, which is manifest through us, for he continuously enriches and nourishes us with an everlasting flow of love and truth. Within the Kingdom, there is abundant light to clearly illuminate the righteously level path ahead. It can penetrate even to the deepest darkest corners of our mind and hidden places in our heart. We need only focus our attention expectantly on him and not on our twisted thoughts and worldly concerns. For our God is pure perfection making the path before us clearly visible.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psalm 119: 105 (ESV)
Jesus, the embodiment of the word, has miraculously risen from the darkened tomb. He has forever defeated death and the dark grip of fear that has enslaved many of us for our entire lives. He has called us to a victorious life filled with joy and abundance. Allow him then to exhume our faith from our earthly concerns and let it flourish in the spacious freedom of his kingdom. And as we remain faithfully focused on Christ Jesus and the ministry of the Holy Spirit within our receptive hearts and minds, we will pass forever from darkness into light, ensuring that our faith will never again be entombed in darkness. It is abundantly clear then that God’s Kingdom of love and freedom exists entirely within the vast open spaces of our hearts and minds, not in the darkened confines of the world that surrounds us.
My Dear Heavenly Father, Let no darkness overtake us or heaviness overcome us in our earthly walk. For we know that you are always with us illuminating the path ahead on which no darkness will ever encroach. Amen.
A F Fischer