Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Running for your life

Today’s Reading: John 20:3-4 (NIV)

3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.

Good morning!

Fear and disbelief can cause a person to run pretty fast. I used to work on Main Street in a small rural town many years ago. Just down the road from my office was a residential subdivision. One of my co-workers had a grandparent living within a block’s distance of our building. One day, as we sat typing documents, we heard the sound of sirens race down the street past our building. Of course, both of us went to the window to look outside. Realizing the emergency vehicles were stopping down the block in front her grandfather’s home, my coworker took off running as fast as she could down the sidewalk. I’ll never forget that sprint. She actually lost her shoes as she raced down the street. Her grandfather had a heart attack that day and a neighbor had dialed 911.

It’s as if Mary had dialed 911 with her unusual story. Racing back to where the disciples were sleeping, Mary set off an alarm system that would change the course of human history. Simon Peter and the other disciple found themselves running for their life. They couldn’t believe that the Savior’s body had been taken or that the heavy stone had been rolled away by someone in the night. Fear and disbelief caused them to run as fast as they could through town and past the garden gate. It was only when they arrived at the tomb that fear caused them to hesitate. Do you ever hesitate when you are not certain of what you may find around life’s corner?

I wonder, if at the tomb, the disciples thought about Jesus’ last words to them. Do you think they knew at that very moment that Jesus had risen from the dead, just as He had said? Peter was far more concerned with who to blame than seeing the miracle. He was running for his life and had no earthly idea of what it meant to the world.

If you are living in a time of fear and disbelief and find you are running for your life today, there is a Savior waiting to welcome you with open arms. Jesus lived, died and rose again so that your sins could be forgiven once and for all. Running for your life is not a bad thing when you know who it is you are running to.

Grace and peace,

Deb Spaulding

Faith UMC - St. Charles, MO



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