In Touch October 23, 2009
Posted on October 23, 2009 by under Touché,

Looking for the Living Christ

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he  lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead,  and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” (Matthew 28:5-7)

Last week I went to see the place where Jesus lay- actually two places:  One is the Garden Tomb discovered in 1867,the other, the church of the Holy Sepulcher dating back to the fourth century- two tombs, no Jesus.  The words that I reflect on most from Matthew following my to the Holy Land are “he is going ahead of you to Galilee”.

Jesus is always going ahead of us and we need not look in old tombs to find him.  I joined thousand of sun burnt tourists with day glow hats and Teddy Bears on sticks that kept their tours in line.  They came from all over the world to see where he laid.  We all came to a holy land dominated by the faith of Islam and Judaism.  The Christian faith in the Holy Land has diminished greatly, but the  Jesus we worship is still on the move around this earth.  Jesus never traveled more that fifty miles from his home, yet he is moving today in powerful ways through Africa, Asia, America to the utmost parts of the earth. Two Thousand years after Jesus was raised, Christianity is growing faster, in real person numbers, than any other faith on this planet.

It was exciting to touch the places of our story.  My reading of scripture will be changed forever.  To enter the place where he may have laid was exciting, but more exciting is to know that he is not there, he is risen and gone ahead of us to Galilee, to Hopewell, and to wherever our may take us. The true excitement of the with Jesus is the story not yet written, the places yet to be touched as  he goes before us.  It is there that we will see him.

In Faith,