"Why?" is a great Easter question. We can ask it about lots of things.
Why did Jesus need to do this? The obvious answer is that we aren't worthy to purchase our own redemption ... we are not blameless, we are not sinless, we are not pure. The Psalmist (Ps. 24) says "Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart ..." I used to think that I could be this person in my own righteousness and with my own good deeds. But I have realized that I don't have clean hands and a pure heart except through Jesus. Only He (as reflected in The Revelation of John) is worthy. Jesus does this to provide His sacrifice for our sins. Easter is about God doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
"Why look for the living among the dead?" The angel in Luke 24 conveys a thought from Isaiah 8:19 ... "Should the living seek guidance from the dead?" We will explore this further Sunday but it is one of the better questions in Scripture. God says we should seek the bread of life, living water, and the one who said "I am the way, the truth and life itself!"
Here's my favorite Easter "Why?" Why live like nothing has happened? I think we answer this one with a myriad of excuses. "I am too tired to get up on Sunday morning" ... "I am a good person so what's the big deal?" ... "I am perfectly happy in my life ... " ... "I need my recreational time." You might notice there are a lot of "I's" and "my's" in those statements. Here's my take (and I am sorry if this might step on our collective toes) ... we might live like nothing is happened because it is still all about us, so, in fact, nothing HAS happened!
The message of Easter is to wake up, don't be afraid, come and see and go quickly and tell. Our obedience is demanded by our so-called belief. Our actions are imbedded in what we say we hold on to. Nothing should ever be the same again! Randy