This devotional spoke to me this morning, in my sleeplessness:
The women were terribly frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? — Luke 24:5 NET
A DYING Christ alone, will not satisfy your heart. While you praise the love that was crucified for you–you crave love from a Savior who lives. Memories of a friend who has died, may be very sweet. The fragrance of ‘departed love’ stays in a home, like the perfume of sweet flowers, when the flowers have been borne away. But how unsatisfying are the mere memories of your friend–when your heart hungers for love’s real presence, and touch and tenderness! No more will the mere memories of the Love that died on the cross for you–satisfy your cravings for Christ. You must have the living One for your friend!
“My soul thirsts for God, for the living God!” cried the psalmist, and cries every redeemed soul. It is only as we realize the truth of a living Christ–that our hearts are satisfied. We crave love—a bosom to lean upon, a hand to touch ours, a heart whose beatings we can feel, a personal friendship that will come into our life with its sympathy, its inspiration, its companionship, its shelter, its life, its comfort. All this, the living Christ is to us, if we but learn the blessed truth of his resurrection. “I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever!” Revelation 1:18.