Living among the Dead


It’s Easter (Passover), the day where people worldwide, celebrate the fact that Jesus, who was killed had risen from the dead and is Alive today.

The question that the two men posed to those who sought the body of Jesus in the tomb where they had laid Him, after they had taken Him down from the Cross, was “Why do you seek the living among the dead?” and then they exclaimed, He is not here, but is risen.

Because He is risen (alive), all who come to accept Him (Jesus) as Lord and Savior will have eternal life and not perish (die the second death).
We are commissioned to reach out (seek) souls that don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior (dead souls), among those who do (living souls).

This Easter, the question is not just “Why seek we Jesus, the living among the dead?” but the real question must be
Why aren’t we seeking the dead for the living One who is risen?“. Think about it!

Luke2 4:1-8

1 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
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And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre.
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And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus.
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And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
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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?
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He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
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Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
8 And they remembered his words

Life is about SAVING (Singular)


Recently, I heard a dear friend and brother, John Cherukuri at the Austin Christian Fellowship of India speak from the book of Acts on the life of Barnabas, whose real name was Jos-es (variant of Joseph), but the Apostles called him Barnabas (meaning son of Encouragement or Consolation) as recorded in Acts 4:26. During his discourse, eluding to the dwindling and declining economy, prevalent today, that we need to be encouragers ourselvers, encouraging one another rather than being fixated on savings, he made the following statement, “Life is not about SAVINGS”.

This got me thinking and we chatted after the sermon, that Life is really not about Savings (plural), but about SAVING (singular).
Not Savings, as in what we put aside in our bank balance (on ephemeral earth), but Saving , as in what we put inside our soul balance (in eternal heaven).

Soul balance = The number of souls that God uses us to add to his kingdom, those whom we have helped, accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.

Point(s) to Ponder:
Proverbs 11:30 – A soul winner is wise.
What is your soul balance? What is mine?