God of the Living

Amy Clemens

Read: Matthew 27:51-53

The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. (v. 52)

At Jesus’ death, not only does the curtain that divides the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies split, but the earth also tears open—rocks breaking and tombs opening. Lost in the drama of the crucifixion, I have passed over this powerful event until recently. It is as if the earth sighs with relief when the penalty of sin is finally paid, and the miracle of resurrection pours forth. The saints walk out of their tombs! How long did they stay in town, and how did they explain what happened?

Other such events in the life of Jesus get my attention, too. He stands on the mountain, calmly holding conversation with men who died a thousand or so years earlier (Matt. 17:1-3). He reaches out to a dead girl, saying she is only sleeping, and she rises (Matt. 9:23-25). He calls a man, dead for four days, out of the tomb (John 11:39-44).

Finally, Jesus argues with the Sadducees about resurrection, teaching that God is the God of the living, not the dead, and flatly telling them, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?” (Mark 12:24-27). What a stinging rebuke! May it be said of us that we knew and loved both his Word and his power. —Amy Clemens

Prayer: God of the living, your power is incredible, and your Word leaves me breathless. Like Peter once proclaimed, “Lord, to whom else shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”