05 Apr James 1:23-24; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Luke 24:1-8
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
2 Corinthians 13:5
5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
24 But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. 2 And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; 5 and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? 6 He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” 8 And they remembered His words,
When I was a child, I used to come in dirty from a day at play, (No video games or computers back then) and my mom would say, “Look at yourself, just look at yourself.” Since then, I sometimes have a bad day because I began it by looking at myself in the mirror. The Bible tells us in several places that we are to look at ourselves, so that we can see where we need improvement. Some women came to the tomb where the body of Jesus had been laid, prepared to anoint His body, but His body did not need anointing, because it wasn’t decaying in the tomb. The deepest need of the moment was for them to look at themselves. They would see at best, a lack of understanding that Jesus was alive. We need to look at ourselves in the light of the resurrection. We would see ourselves differently. We are not alone and we cannot fail, because Jesus is alive. Our faith should be growing, because we know that. Don’t be surprised when things start to happen around you. He’s not in the grave you know, He lives and He is working in you.