My pastor gave a wonderful Easter sermon. I’d like to share it with you. The main idea is his, and then I added my own interpretation.
He said there sure was a lot of running going on in the Scriptural account of the Resurrection. The guards outside the tomb ran away, afraid of being arrested for letting Jesus ‘escape.’ Mary ran to the Apostles to tell them the Good News that Jesus had risen. St. Peter and St. John had a footrace to the tomb in response to the news.
Why so much running? And what’s the significance of this hurried pace?
Jesus had risen! He had conquered death. He proved his might. He has shown us, in his dying and rising, that he has conquered all sin. As the old hymn goes, “The battle is won, the strife is over.” The Lord has proven that he is in all, and for all. And we are forgiven.
The only question now is: What’s my response to this miraculous message? Well, I can find the answer in the Easter Scripture.
I think we all have a good idea of what God is calling us to do. Yes, each one of us has a story. Not just the story of what has been, but more importantly, the story of what’s ahead today. There is a daily call to complete the works the Lord lays at our feet.
So how fast am I in engaging and completing that work? Unfortunately, sometimes I leisurely walk down my chosen path. I take side-trips that look more interesting. I look forward to rest stops and linger there, taking it easy in the heat of my struggles. Well, I should rethink that rate of speed. That’s not the pace I’m being shown.
When Jesus rose from the dead, he was alive in the world. That event is the starter’s pistol in the race to love. It’s time to run. Run for my life.
Putting my slow pace behind me, I accept the urgency of the call. The Lord wants me to fill his vision for me now. Not in a week, not in a month. Today.
St. Paul understood this call.
“All I can say is that I forget the past and I strain ahead for what is still to come. I am racing for the finish, for the prize to which God calls us…” ~Phil. 3:13-14
He knew he had to get moving. St. Paul was a tireless preacher, moving by boat and road. He never stopped in his mission. He knew the importance of every day, and every minute.
My leisurely pace, side trips and long hotel stays are no longer an option. The Lord has a great plan for me today. With my new perspective in place, I can’t wait to see what he’s planned, and I can’t wait to do it.
The Good News is that my life can be lived like that everyday. There’s only one thing I have to remember. I have to live it at Easter Speed.
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