May 13, 2018 – Not Dead Yet!

Posted on : May 10th, 2018 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

The other day I saw an ad for Phil Collin’s tour “Not Dead Yet.”  The geeky side of me screamed in affirmation, as I said to myself, “Yes!  That is exactly the message of the Resurrection!” Not dead yet!

I’ve always thought it was insensitive for the angels (radiant men) to ask the women who came to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body for burial, “Why do you seek the living among the dead?”  Frankly my dears, it’s because they weren’t looking for the living.  They were looking for the dead.  That’s what you do when you come to prepare a body for burial.  But the Gospel message that is proclaimed over and over again is “Jesus is not dead yet.” And for that matter, neither are we.

As we’ve looked at the resurrection stories these past six weeks, we’ve heard the same message told in many ways: “Not dead yet!”  As I wrote in Tuesday’s devotional, the life of faith requires us to “stay woke.” Woke comes from an African American phrase meaning “to be aware, particularly of racial and political realities that are oppressive.”

A couple decades ago there was a theological movement that proclaimed, “God is dead.”  It upset an awful lot of Christians.  This idea and phraseology came from Christian theologians who were trying to debunk the myth that our traditional images of God as a white, benevolent, non-offensive, grandfatherly old man who bestows blessings on those of privilege, is dead.  Unfortunately, their message got lost in the backlash and anger over their assertion that God is dead.

What those theologians were trying to say is we need to stay woke.  We need to stop looking for the living among the dead.  We need to become conscious that Jesus is not dead, nor are we to allow ourselves to be dead to the world or dead to each other.

When we let the burdens of life overwhelm us, when we think that the oppressed will never be set free, when we think that the power of death is greater than life, that’s when we especially need to hear the message of the Risen Christ:  Not dead yet!

This Sunday is our last Sunday in the season of Easter and I have great news for you:  We are not dead yet, nor is Christ, nor is God.   Stay woke.  And stop looking for the living among the dead.

Blessings,

Dan

Luke 24: 1-6

At the crack of dawn on Sunday, the women came to the tomb carrying the burial spices they had prepared. They found the entrance stone rolled back from the tomb, so they walked in. But once inside, they couldn’t find the body of the Master Jesus.

They were puzzled, wondering what to make of this. Then, out of nowhere it seemed, two men, light cascading over them, stood there. The women were awestruck and bowed down in worship. The men said, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen! 

The Message, Copyright © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.

 

 

 

 

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