Welcome to our online Bible study on Luke!
Read: Luke 24:1-35
I lay awake in the stillness of the night. The sharp pain of regret haunts me in the darkness. I replay the scene over and over in my mind. Failure. Guilt. Shame. Emotions threaten to engulf me.
That season of my life was a lifetime ago. Yet, out of the blue, memories roar up like Goliath, and I remind myself what a failure I truly am. My chest tightens as self-loathing weighs heavily on me. In the thickness of the night, despair abounds.
Early in the morning, thoughts buried deep can rise up to torment.
Long ago, on another early morning, some women walked slowly along a dark, dreary path as they recounted with horror the events of the previous few days. They had prepared spices and perfume and were going to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body as a final gesture of love and loyalty. Mark 16:3 says that one of the women asked, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”
When the women arrived, they were surprised to see the stone rolled away. Death was not inside.
“Why do you seek the living among the dead?” the angels asked the women.
It’s a question we can all ask ourselves. At times, I can be my own worst enemy. I beat myself up over past mistakes. I hang on to hurts a little too long.
Why do we expect new life when we are clinging to old thoughts, old failures, old wounds, old grudges or old fears?
We habitually revisit the grave of our past mistakes, messes, and inadequacies and expect to find new life. We seek the living among the dead.
Perhaps it’s because it’s easier to stay in the tomb than to risk walking in the light of the unknown.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Jesus’ blood poured out on the cross is the accomplishing work to a new life, an abundant life here on earth not just in Heaven.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! (Hebrews 9:14)
Our consciences have been cleansed by His blood. He has declared, “It is finished!”
In Christ, we have His promises of new hope, new healing, a new life.
There is no need to be dead to our old thoughts, habits, and hurts. The stone has been rolled away!