God’s Not Dead; He Lives!-July 29, 2012
Scripture: Psalm 14:1-2; Luke 23:44-24:12; Revelation 5:1-5, 9-10
God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?
Psalm 14 reminds us that only the fool says in their heart there is no God. God will not be mocked forever. He is looking down on us to see if any of us understand and really seek Him.
In Luke’s account of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus it is mentioned in verse 55 that the women who had come with Jesus saw the tomb and how his body was laid in it before they began the preparations. This is important because it when they came back later it is not as if they did not know how He was laid, or would have any reason to doubt that Jesus had actually been laid in the tomb, they knew. This seems to harken back to Psalm 14 when God is looking to see who really understands.
Then on the first day of the week the women came early to the tomb of Jesus to prepare the body they found the stone rolled away. Even more they entered the tomb and did not find the body of Jesus. While the thoughts were swirling and the women were trying to make sense of it all to understand it. Two men gleaming clothed in white stood before them and they bowed down. Then the men ask a piercing question, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!” The living, you mean Jesus is alive? God’s not dead our Savior lives!
In one way, perhaps, Nietzsche was right the blood of Christ is on us, for He died to save us from our sins but we should not be so quick to want to wipe the blood for it is that wonderful, powerful blood of Jesus that saves us. It is His blood that does not stain our lives but yet makes us whiter than snow. It was His free gift to us to bring about the salvation of the world.
Have we soon forgotten about the power of Christ? Have we not allowed the victory of life to reign in our lives? Perhaps, Nietzsche and others say there is no God, because those that bear His name do not act like He is alive, in control, and that we have victory in Him. Do you feel empowered by the reality of the risen Christ? We live from day-to-day seeking the wisdom of this world only to find ourselves in deeper despair.
Revelation describes John weeping for there was no one who was found worthy to open the scroll. Then one of the elders comforts John, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Then later in the same chapter it says they sang a new song for it was His royal blood that purchased men for God and have made them to be a kingdom to serve God and reign on earth. Do we really feel victorious? Contemporary Christian band, Newsboys, sing a song called God’s Not Dead (Like a Lion). The chorus proclaims, God’s not dead, He’s surely alive, He’s living on the inside roaring like a lion. Does the mighty roar of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah give you courage each day as you live for Him? I pray the world would hear our victorious roar.