Read This Week: Luke 24
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly, two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright, the women bowed down with 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; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified, and on the third day be raised again.'” Then they remembered. – Luke 24:1-8 NIV
A new day brings new things. It brings new opportunities, challenges, mercy, chances to make things right, and a new run at the life God has given us. Something is refreshing and exciting about all things being new. It brightens the view and lifts the spirit when we’re reminded that life offers and promises new things. On Resurrection Sunday in Luke 24, something new was about to be discovered that would change not only the women going to the tomb but the fate of humanity from that moment forward.
Jesus had been raised from the dead just like he said he would. Death had given way to the triumph of God’s sovereign plan of redemption and the fulfillment of His new covenant through Christ. Verse 3 says they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. The Lord had removed the huge stone in front of the grave, and Jesus had walked out in the newness of life. And because of the Resurrection, we have a new life. We live for Christ and leave behind the second death, the control of sin, self-interest, and destructive patterns of our old lifestyle. 2 Corinthians 5:15-17 says:
He died for everyone, so those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
When a new life begins, we have a new outlook. Luke 24 tells us that the women were afraid and put their faces to the ground in alarm and fright. But the two angels spoke and reminded them of Jesus’ promise that he must be delivered to the hands of sinners, be crucified, and be raised on the third day. Then they remembered his words, and their outlook changed. They were delighted and couldn’t wait to share the truth with others. Their sorrow had turned to joy, their anxiety turned to anticipation, and their fear turned to confidence and trust. That is the new outlook that the Resurrection gives us.
Finally, the Resurrection gives us new hope. When our future hope is real to us, it changes how we live in the present. The new hope of the first day of the week, when Jesus walked out of the grave in victory, empowers and inspires us to live for Him daily. Our new hope can make the mountaintops sweeter, the valleys less daunting, and the mundane more meaningful. It can change the decisions we make, the places we go, the people we serve, and the purpose we live for.
Joni Eareckson Tada, Christian author and speaker who suffered a devastating injury to her vertebrae at 17 years old and became a quadriplegic said this about her new life in Christ: “I, with shriveled, bent fingers, atrophied muscles, gnarled knees, and no feeling from the shoulders down, will one day have a new body, light, bright and clothed in righteousness – powerful and dazzling. Can you imagine the hope that the Resurrection gives someone spinal-cord injured like me?” The Resurrection of Jesus makes all things new.