He Is Risen

Lou Lotz

Read: Luke 24:1-7

Why do you seek the living among the dead? (v. 5)

If man’s best friend is a dog, his worst enemy is dogma. The great thing about the Easter stories is that they contain no dogma. No doctrines. No complicated creeds. No hair-splitting theology. All that stuff, however necessary, came much later. The first Christians were not theologians; they were witnesses. They simply said what they’d seen and heard. They said that they went to the tomb, and the stone was rolled away from the door, and the tomb was empty. And for the next seven weeks they kept encountering this man, Jesus, who had died. Only now, somehow, he wasn’t dead anymore. He was alive in a new and glorious way. He was risen from the dead.

And what a difference his resurrection made in the lives of his followers! These frightened fugitives, who at first huddled in the Upper Room fearing arrest, became flaming missionaries and willing martyrs, willing to lay down their lives rather than deny what they knew was true, that Christ was risen. They didn’t believe in the resurrection because some doctrine said so. They believed because they were witnesses. The New Testament writers treat the resurrection not as doctrine or dogma, but as an indisputable, historical fact.

Christ’s victory is your victory and mine. “Because I live, you will also live” (John 14:19). Death separates us from those we most love, but it does not separate us from the one who most loves us. Why do we seek the living among the dead? He is risen!

—Lou Lotz

Lord, thank you for the hope of heaven!