Google+ 04/06/13 Run To The Tomb!

Luke 24:11-12

 

But the story sounded like nonsense to the men, so they didn’t believe it.

However, Peter jumped up and ran to the tomb to look.

Stooping, he peered in and saw the empty linen wrappings;

Then he went home again, wondering what had happened.   

 

 

You really have to love the disciples.  If you think about the fact that Jesus chose each of them, it should give us great confidence that we too can be worthy of Him!  These hand-picked men had spent the last 3 1/2 years with Jesus, every day, by His side.  They had seen and heard everything.  There were stories, healings, and feedings.  There were threats against their lives, "Hosanna Praises" for Jesus, and the "flash mob" yelling "Crucify Him."  They went from overjoyed to terrified.  They were "rock-star groupies" and then went into hiding for fear they too would be killed.  One of them denied Jesus three times.  One of them committed suicide when he couldn't deal with the fact that he had betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.  Now comes the defining moment of truth in each of their lives.  Mary and Mary come to report that the tomb is empty and that Jesus has risen, and all the disciples should go to Galilee, as Jesus will appear to them there.  In their defense, all but one of them eventually go.  In the meantime, look at our Scripture today and realize that initially, they think the story that Mary and Mary have told them, is nonsense and they don't believe.  Does this sound like anyone you know?  In the ministry, I witness daily people who have claimed to walk with Christ every day, and not believe a thing He says!  When Jesus says He will supply all our needs, do we really believe that?  When Jesus says that all things are possible through Him, do we really listen, or does this statement really belong more on a bumper sticker, than as one of our life scripture verses?  Before we are too hard on the disciples for not believing, we should look at our own commitment to Christ.  Not the one we claim verbally, but the one we live every day.  We need to "jump up and run to the tomb and look in!"  Peter did and he was the one that denied Christ three times.  Peter ran right into the danger of the moment, counting on God's protection.  Peter had every right to be fearful.  The Romans were actively looking for anyone that aligned themselves with Christ for the purpose of killing them.  Peter had denied Christ three times, as Christ had prophesied.  Peter should have been worried.  Instead, he ran to the tomb to prove the validity of the ladies' story.  What happened?  Peter found the tomb empty and the grave clothes neatly folded.  Even though our Scripture tells us that Peter goes home, not really knowing what has happened, he is the one and only disciple that "shows up" the first time when he is asked.  The next time you hear a "Jesus story," particularly one with a miraculous ending, stop questioning and being terrified and "run to the tomb."   If you look and listen, the answer will be there in the emptiness.  Look at the folded grave clothes and realize Jesus is not among the dead.  Jesus is living inside of you!