“He Is Not Here…There They Will See Me”
On the one hand, we need to focus on the crucified Jesus; he did, after all, give his life for us and he did, after all, teach us by his words and by his life that those who lose their lives will find them.
On the other hand, we need to focus on the resurrected Jesus; he is, after all, not in his grave and he is, after all, alive in and among us where we can and do experience him.
Cause us constantly to remember, O God, that Jesus died and that Jesus lives.
Fill us with the appropriate reverence that we will worship him and with the appropriate joy that we will serve him.
“But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.” This is my message for you.’ So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, ‘Greetings!’ And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’” (Matthew 28:5-10)