Unless Jesus is an active agent in the world, unless Jesus is alive—unless the One we seek is seeking us—then everything about seeking beauty in Jesus rather than beauty itself, seeking justice in Jesus, and seeking truth in Jesus is just pure semantics, a pious way of continuing life as it already was. But if Jesus is alive, if the One we seek is seeking us, then we have nothing less than what the Bible calls the gospel: the good news that everything we’ve been chasing, everything we’ve ever wanted, everything we need for abundant life is found in a person, and that person is alive and at work in the world.
—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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But the angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid. I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He isn’t here, because he’s been raised from the dead, just as he said. Come, see the place where they laid him.”
—Matthew 28:5-6 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Give me the patience, focus, and strength to pause, listen, and reflect on what you ask of me. What do you ask of me today?
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