April 13, 2020

John 20:2 So [Mary Magdalene] came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

There is a lot of running going on in John’s account of the first Easter morning. I wish I knew how far the tomb was from where the disciples were staying but I’m afraid that bit of information has been lost with time. Later that day Luke tells us that two of Jesus followers walked to Emmaus when they encountered Jesus and then turned around and went back to Jerusalem that evening. Luke is good enough to let us know that the distance between Jerusalem and Emmaus is about seven miles (Luke 24:13). When is the last time you ran for anything (except perhaps exercise)? John goes on to talk about Peter and the “other disciple” running to the tomb. No Nike’s back then. Was it a sprint or more of a distance run? The point is that they were excited, curious, upset, whatever. Their blood was pumping and their hearts were pounding and their minds were churning. They needed to know what was going on and they needed to know now. Is that how the resurrection makes you feel? If not, why not?

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