Why do you look for the living among the dead?
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: “The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”
— Luke 24:1-7
Christ is exactly like God, who cannot be seen.
He is the first-born Son, superior to all creation.
Everything was created by him,
everything in heaven and on earth,
everything seen and unseen,
including all forces and powers,
and all rulers and authorities.
All things were created by God’s Son,
and everything was made for him.
God’s Son was before all else,
and by him everything is held together.
He is the head of his body, which is the church.
He is the very beginning,
the first to be raised from death,
so that he would be above all others.
God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son.
And God was pleased for him to make peace
by sacrificing his blood on the cross,
so that all beings in heaven and on earth
would be brought back to God.
You used to be far from God.
Your thoughts made you his enemies,
and you did evil things.
But his Son became a human and died.
So God made peace with you,
and now he lets you stand in his presence
as people who are holy and faultless and innocent.
But you must stay deeply rooted and firm in your faith.
You must not give up the hope you received
when you heard the good news.
It was preached to everyone on earth,
and I myself have become a servant of this message.
— Colossians 1:15-23 (CEV)