“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’ Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.” (Luke 24:1-12) I love the way that good old Dr. Luke tells the Easter story. Everyone is confused and doubting. I fit right in! How about you? It is obvious that the Lord’s ways are not ours. He purposefully finds a way to understate the most significant event in human history. Women (whose testimony would have been automatically discounted by contemporary bias) are the primary witnesses. The men who are closest to Jesus are unbelieving. And Peter, good old denying Peter, is placed in the “amazed” column rather than the “believing” one. It is as if Luke wants to make a space for the rest of us; those of us who doubt, those of us who would second-guess news which seems too good to be true. He reaches out to those of us who insist upon “seeking the living among the dead.” It seems to me that the true glory of Easter is simply this: when all human potential has failed, God is only beginning. When failure and death is all that we can perceive, God announces victory and life. Jesus Christ is risen! How do you need to apply that to your life today? Who do you know that needs to hear the truth of the Gospel today? I don’t know about you, but I need to hear the Good News of Easter again. I need to stop seeking the living among the dead and follow our risen Lord. How about you? Have a great week!