Luke 24:5 (KJV) And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead?
In this verse, we learn that Jesus is no longer in the grave, but He has arisen. As a result, Jesus has now become our hope for restoration to right standing with God the Father. In other words, Jesus is our hope. Since Jesus is alive and is living, then hope is alive and is living.
Understanding The Text
What does this have to do with today’s Scriptural text? The two men in this particular passage asked an interesting question, “…Why seek ye the living among the dead?” We have always viewed this from the perspective of Jesus’ resurrection. However, we have never looked at it through the lens of hope.
Going further, if we look at Jesus as our hope, then we can apply this question to our hope: Why do we seek hope among the dead? Solomon says, “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope…” (Eccl. 9:4). We should understand this to mean that all who are joined to Christ through His death, burial and resurrection now have access to this great hope.
As Believers, our confidence in Christ’s finished work on the Cross will strengthen our faith in His ability to help us navigate through every circumstance of our lives.
Why Is This Important To Us?
This is important to us because we must consider the current state of life in this contemporary world. With the current state of affairs in mind, the world is in need of real hope and not a politicized response to deflect away from the matters at hand. If this is so, then why do we place hope in our jobs? Our employers? The government? Our wealth? Our societal status? Our education? The list goes on.
If we are searching for hope within these places, then we are seeking that which is alive among that which is dead. How do we know this? If truth be told, many of these institutions do not acknowledge God nor His Sovereign authority over all things created. Therefore, they do not subscribe to nor operate by His Kingdom principles, and lack the understanding that “man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live… ” (Deut. 8:3).
So, in understanding this, why do we seek hope among the dead? Since hope is alive and living, then there can be no hope among things which are dead. The psalmist states, “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man…’ (Ps. 118:8). Why? Because God is faithful to perform the good work which He has begun in us (Phil. 1:6).
So we must ask ourselves, “Why do we seek the living among the dead?” Then we must respond by saying, “…O my soul…hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, Who is the Health of my countenance, and my God…” (Ps. 43:5).