Believe, Run, and Be Amazed

April 6, 2021

9 Returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the Eleven and to all the rest. 10 Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them were telling the apostles these things. 11 But these words seemed like nonsense to them, and they did not believe the women. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. When he stooped to look in, he saw only the linen cloths. So he went away, amazed at what had happened.

Luke 24:9-12

Written by Buck Thompson from the Brentwood Campus

Have you ever dropped what you were doing, gotten up and just run out the door? The very idea seems ridiculous. What could be so important that it would pull us away from what we are doing? “The dog got out again!” “The neighbor’s cat is stuck in a tree!” “The ice cream truck is outside and…CHIPWICHES ARE ON SALE!” Even when these things happen, do you find yourself hesitating…doubting if it’s even true?

“Peter…got up and ran.” When the others heard the report from the tomb and didn’t believe, Peter got up and RAN toward Jesus. I’d like to think he ran out of the building mid-sentence, going full speed, if it meant he had a chance to encounter the Messiah. Imagine what was going through Peter’s mind as he ran. Imagine what the ground must have felt like under his feet, with the wind blowing through his hair. What expression was on his face as he was tearing through town? Was he scared, or were tears of joy starting to form in his eyes?

“So he went away, amazed…” Having believed the report from the women at the tomb, and then racing toward it, Peter now saw what happened firsthand, and he was amazed. Perhaps still out of breath from his run, I wonder what happened to his heart rate as he walked away from the tomb. Did he fall to his knees in amazement? Did he try to keep it together, or did he break down in tears from the beauty of the reality of the situation?

Peter’s getting up and running toward Christ shows us what it looks like to have Jesus as the priority. There is no reason why Peter’s amazement should be any different than ours.

Is there anything in your life that is preventing you from running toward Jesus? Are you amazed at what happened at the tomb that day? Jesus is real and Jesus is alive! Dwell on these truths and choose to be amazed every day!

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Do you have a personal relationship with the risen Jesus? Some people spend their whole lives going to church, or believing they are Christian, but they haven’t prayed to receive the real and risen Savior. If this is you, get connected with someone who can walk you through the greatest love story of all time.
  2. If you do know Jesus, what will you do to “pick up the pace”? Don’t let your walk with Jesus be anything other than an outright pursuit of Him. Pray and ask for wisdom on your “faith pace,” seeking direction from the Holy Spirit regarding where you should be compared to where you are—and how to close the gap.
  3. Who in your life needs to be amazed? Ask God to put someone on your heart or in your path, and then obey the call to connect with them about His wonderful eternal plan.
  4. For further reading, check out Luke: The Gospel of Amazement, by Michael Card.

Missions Prayer
Pray for Hope for the World missions partner Siloam Health as they meet medical and spiritual needs of patients. Many of their patients have been impacted by the pandemic physically, emotionally, and economically. Pray for God to be a comfort and defender to these vulnerable families, and for His strength and wisdom for Siloam staff and volunteers.

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