Why is it that we tend to remember the things that we should forget, but forget the things that we should remember? For three days after His death and burial, the disciples of Jesus were confounded, confused, discouraged, and depressed. As far as they were concerned, all of their hopes of Him being their King and Messiah had vanished. When the women went to the tomb of Jesus on the third day, they brought with them spices to anoint His body. Obviously, they were expecting to find Jesus lying there in the grave. Much to their surprise, when they arrived at the tomb something was “wrong”. Instead of finding the dead body of Jesus, two men (presumably angels) stood by them in shining garments and asked them the question, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.” (Luke 24:4-6) These woman no doubt had heard Jesus say, “The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” (Luke 24:7; Matthew 20:19) But they had apparently forgotten.
Whenever heaven is asking earth a question, it is never a request for information. It is to impart revelation. Or, in this case, it was to impart to us the importance of hearing and believing what Jesus said. Oh, that we would hear and believe what Jesus speaks to us, and live our lives accordingly!