Why?

"He is not here; for He is risen, as He said" (Matthew 28:6).

Just the other day I was talking with my niece Andrea, whose adorable baby girl, Annabelle, is just six months old. Yet even though Annabelle isn’t talking yet, Andrea is already preparing for the onslaught of "why" questions that is sure to come.

All children want to know why, and they ask the question with abandon: "Why does the sun shine?" "Why is my hair brown?" "Why do cows moo?" "Why is water wet?"

There seems to be no end to their why questions, and often the answer to one provokes yet another. And so we adults, who often don’t know the answers ourselves, continue to try to satisfy their curiosity and quest for knowledge.

But what about us? How often do we ask God why? How often do we seek explanations for those things that can’t be known this side of eternity? God, of course, always knows the answer, and He has already given it: "Because He lives."

That, of course, is the title of one of my favorite songs, and it answers every question imaginable. Why do I sing? Because He lives. Why do I worship? Because He lives. Why do I rejoice? Because He lives. Why do I suffer? Because He lives. Why do I weep? Because He lives. Why do I do anything that I do? Because He lives.

He came to earth to die for us?for you and me, for our sins?and He fulfilled His mission. That’s what Good Friday is all about. But hallelujah, that isn’t the end of the Story! Resurrection Day was right around the corner! Jesus said He would rise again?and He did! And because He lives, we who believe in Him will live also, forever and always, in eternity in His presence.

And that’s all the reason we need to joyfully serve a risen Savior!

Copyright 2008 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers, July 2008) The author can be reached at: http://www.kathimacias.com

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