Easter Speed

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 run.

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.

 

Linking today with: Playdates with God

 

 

53 thoughts on “Easter Speed

  1. Great article yet again, Ceil. plenty to comment on here; sorry if I take too long.

    I’ve always hated running. As a child at school we used to run for three miles out of the school, through a park, up a hill and down again to the school. The teacher used to time us.

    A few friends and I used to run slowly until we were last of the runners. Once in the park, we used to hide behind some trees, wait until the rest of the runners got up the very steep hill and back again, and then join them at the end of the runners on our way back to school. For years we never got caught doing this trick.

    In life, it is always a race from one responsibility to another. Even our Christian life is a responsibility to proclaim His Good News. We do this in different ways – being a good example, speaking in public, writing, blogging etc … I always wonder whether I should blog every day, or at a more leisurely pace of once a week. There’s so much to blog about though …

    Thanx again for your great example which you show here.

    God bless.

    • Hi Victor! Don’t worry about the length of your responses, I like to read your ideas here. So funny about the hiding in the trees during running time. Now that’s a blog post waiting to happen, don’t you think? Three miles sounds like a really long distance for young children…but I was never much of a runner myself.

      I do think being focused is the best way to ‘run’ the race each day. How can I run if I don’t know where I’m going? And I definitely think that blogging and speaking are wonderful ways to focus on spreading the Good News. And I think we all struggle with how often to do it, you are not alone there. I know that the Lord will lead you and help you with that decision.

      Thank you for your always insightful comments my friend.
      Easter Blessings,
      Ceil

  2. So true Ceil; we all know when God is calling us to do something, but there are so many ways we run away. Most of them we don’t even recognize! But if God has called us to do something, then God most assuredly will help us accomplish whatever it is to which we are called. We need to stay and be part of the love that comes from answering the call!

    I hope your Easter weekend was full of love and celebration sweet friend!
    Blessings!
    Denise

    • Hi Denise! The weather here was just lovely for Easter, and we had a great weekend. Thank you for your thoughts!

      Oh yes, I have lots of reasons to run away, or get distracted. But being focused and running the race for today is really the goal. You are so right…if he calls us to it, he will see us through to completion.

      Easter blessings!
      Ceil

  3. Isn’t it amazing that in a passage we’ve read so many times, God can show us something new? I never paid attention to all the running. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Mari! I know what you mean, I had never really focused on that either. That was my pastor’s focus, so I have to thank him for that fresh perspective!

      Easter blessings,
      Ceil

    • Hi Lulu! Thank you for your encouraging comment. Yes, our time is short, and we have much to do. We are so blessed! I pray that I will become more focused every day, and run the race well.

      Easter blessings!
      Ceil

  4. I love this. I spent some time this morning in the final chapters of the gospels. I wanted to grab hold of the ‘what’s next.’ Our faith doesn’t end with the empty tomb, sweet lilies, and cries of He is risen. He is calling us to be something substantial, to do something for Him.

    Thanks for these wise words today, Ceil …

    • Hi Linda! You are such a good role model for me. You keep searching for truth in the Scriptures, looking for the right way to go. So awesome!

      The Lord is calling us to his work today, which is always meaningful, even if I don’t see it that way. May God bless us on our way, as we find our work this Monday.
      Easter blessings!
      Ceil

  5. Thanks for sharing this recap of your sermon. What a great message for us all. Yes, life is short and we are each called by our Lord to do the works He has prepared for us to do. So thankful for that I am saved by grace but now I need to walk or run in that grace. May we shower His love on many.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

    • Hi Debbie! I really like that last sentence. Yes! As we receive his power in grace, let’s be sure not to hold on to it. Shower it!

      It was a great sermon, I was ready to hear that message I think. It’s wonderful to see how God reaches out to grab on to my ear 🙂

      Easter Blessings,
      Ceil

    • Hi Linda! Neither had I, believe me. It was such a fresh approach to the Resurrection story. And my mind just wandered to St. Paul, who talked about ‘running the race’ quite a bit. It really spoke to me.

      Thank you for your kind wishes for my Monday. Easter blessings to you!
      Ceil

    • Hi Connie! You bring up an excellent point. We are not perfect, and even our Father rested on the seventh day. We need our rest to run at top speed!

      Easter blessings to you too 🙂
      Ceil

    • Hi Margie! I’m so glad you liked this post. I was so inspired by my pastor’s thoughts. I had never really meditated on all the running before…a new way to look at the Resurrection story.

      Have a blessed Monday!
      Ceil

  6. Great thought! I feel the urgency in that our time is getting short. I some times let fear consume me that I am not getting into people that their time is short. Eternity is waiting for them, where will they spend it! Thanks Ceil! Hope you had a very Blessed Resurrection Sunday!

    • Hi Monica! I did have a very good Easter! I loved the sermon from our pastor, such a thought-provoker for me. My husband and I had a lovely dinner, and I got some gardening done. Very little actually, but it felt good to start!

      I hope you have a blessed Monday 🙂
      Ceil

  7. Oh yes, Ceil – Easter speed! I love it! Do you think it matters if my running is a bit slower on these achy knees of mine? I don’t think the Lord minds at all. He is showing me that all that really matters is that I get out there in the game.

    Our pastor’s message focused on the stone that was rolled away. It wasn’t rolled away to let Jesus out, but to let us in to see. And after we see, we must go (run!!) and tell others about the truth of the Resurrection. Amen? Amen!!

    GOD BLESS!

    • Hi Birthday Girl! Oh boy, if ground-speed is the measure, I’m in trouble! No worries my friend, it’s speed to the work of the Lord. No marathons 🙂

      Great insight by your pastor. Thanks for sharing it! Of course Jesus wouldn’t need an open door in his resurrected body…I just never thought of it. Don’t you just love how these Scriptures never cease to teach?

      Hope you have a blessed evening,
      Ceil

    • Hi Constance Ann! I never noticed either…so interesting what people can pick up from such a familiar Scripture passage.

      Lovely to meet you through the blog hop today 🙂 and thank you for visiting my Facebook page too!
      Ceil

  8. It is a great comfort to know He orders our steps, and that He knows the plans He has for us. Our pastor often says, “Jesus is already in our tomorrows.” Yes and amen.

    Have a great week!

    • Hi Karen! I like that saying! I heard something similar to that, “Have no fear of tomorrow…Jesus is already there!”

      Enjoy your blog break, and best of blessings on your book!
      Ceil

  9. I love this post! Yes, we truly need to “hasten the work” and run with joy to do what God asks of us. Hope you had a wonderful Easter.

  10. What an encouraging interpretation to the sermon. My Bible plan has me in Acts these days and I, too, think of Paul’s timeless energy and resolve. I join you in stepping up to the call.

  11. Our time here really is short. We often forget that we aren’t promised our next breath, let alone tomorrow.
    I’ve been accused of burning my candle at both ends…I pray that when I do that it’s for God’s glory and not my own.

    Thanks for sharing. God bless.

    • Hi TC! Good point that we are not promised any specific time on this earth. It’s best to make a difference where we can, when we can.

      I’ll join you in your prayer to do it all for God’s glory!
      Happy Earth Day 🙂
      Ceil

  12. I like that perspective. We do seem to lack urgency in the church. Not that we can do anything in and of ourselves, but the urgency shows the passion from within. Excellent and convicting thoughts, Ceil. Thanks!

    • Hi Floyd! I like that thought…that the speed implies urgency to do the will and work of God. Great image.

      Thank you for your always encouraging comments my friend.
      Happy Earth Day 🙂
      Ceil

    • Hi Patty! I am doing well! It was a bit chilly today, but I did get to out for tea with a friend. That was really nice.

      Thank you for your visit today my friend!
      Ceil

    • Hi Deb! Boy, don’t we all. I wrote a post about that very subject. Sometimes we think we’re getting nowhere, but that’s not the case at all. God can use all of our movements!

      I’m so glad you liked the post today. Thank you for visiting me 🙂
      Ceil

  13. Ceil, you have did it again my friend. Given me a fresh way to look at familiar story. Some how we forgot that our time here quickly passes away.

    • Hi Wanda! Well, I have to give the credit to my pastor for the ‘running’ idea. It was new to me too!

      I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration.
      Blessings for a peaceful night,
      Ceil

    • Hi Jean! Isn’t it so fun to hear new thoughts about Scripture? It never fails to amaze me that passages I have heard many times will gain a new life by someone else’s thoughts. It was a very inspiring sermon.

      Nice to see you my friend! Have a peaceful night,
      Ceil

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