“So (Mary Magdalene) ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple….So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were both running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first.” (John 20:2-4).
An epidemic of running breaks out in the immediate aftermath of the resurrection. Mary Magdalene tells Peter and John and they both race away to the tomb. John wins, but Peter stoops first to cross the line. Going in after Peter into the inner sanctum of the empty cave-tomb, John sees and believes (verse 8).
Matthew, in his resurrection account (Matthew 28:1-10) tells us that when Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to morn at the tomb, the only ‘dead’ bodies they found were those of the guards, made comatose by the sight of a glorious angel. Fueled by a mixture of fear and great joy and at the command of said angel, they likewise run to tell the disciples.
How fast can you run? That probably depends on what you’re running from or for!
But what if God speaks to you?
‘He is not here, for He has risen, as he said.’ (Matthew 28: 6).
What if, like those first witnesses, you were given this startling, unexpected, mind-boggling news.
What if, like Philip, you were sent as a messenger to a leader of an unreached people group (Acts 8:29-30)?
Would you drop all and run like they did?
Or hesitate? Rationalize your situation? Think of a way to send someone else instead?
Would you drag your feet back to your normal routines, distracted and busy as you can be with the usual business of your day?
The good news of the resurrection ought to likewise set us running to rouse each other and hurry to proclaim to a lost and cruel world this greatest news.
Why should we let the wonder and death-shattering reality of His resurrection stay the treasured secret of a few, cloistered in the confines of our inner lives and gatherings?
Why not with haste, broadcast far and wide? Why indeed not?
This year, let us run to tell those far and wide the startling life-changing news of an empty tomb and a risen Savior.