Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. (John 11:25)

My family has an Easter morning tradition

My husband and I fill Easter baskets with candy and goodies on Saturday night and then hide the baskets. On Easter morning our kids (who are now 26, 23, 21, and 14) run through the house seeking the lost baskets. The rule is you can’t give away the location of someone else’s – everyone finds his or her own.  As the kids have gotten older, the baskets have gotten bigger and the hiding locations have gotten fewer so it is much more about ritual now than a true game of hide and seek.  In most cases, the hiding place is pretty obvious.  That doesn’t stop the “kids” from looking under chairs, behind sofas, in appliances, and on closet shelves.

Just like my kids scurrying about to find a basket of candy, we are so eager to find life’s prize that we run around looking in ridiculous places – when the answer to whatever question or desire we have has been right in front of our eyes the whole time.

In John 11, Mary and Martha were so consumed with their grief and anger over Lazarus’ death that they missed the obvious answer. Jesus stood right in front of them and said, “I am the resurrection” – you are looking for an answer to death and I am the answer, I am life.

If you find yourself this season running around furiously looking for over-sized Easter baskets in minuscule hiding places or things this world considers prizes, or perhaps answers to some of life’s difficult questions, remember

Jesus is the answer.

He told Mary and Martha and He tells us too: “I am…” whatever it is you need, desire, or long for.