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They Came Running

John 20:2 New International Version (NIV)

So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved,and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

Mary Magdalene went to the tomb that Sunday morning, but found the stone rolled away. At this moment, Mary had not seen Jesus. In her mind, the body had been stolen. So, like anyone else she pulls up her garments and runs back to find Peter and John.

We then see Peter and John go running to the tomb. It is a foot race, and of course, the younger disciple, John, gets there first. Now, here is an important piece that you do not want to miss. John stops at the opening of the tomb, he looks in, and assesses what has happened. Why did he hesitate?

Then, there is Peter. It says in Scripture that he went straight in. I love that. He had no hesitation. He wants to see for himself. But here is another important part. John saw and believed. Peter did not. Again, I have to ask why did John believe and Peter did not?

It was not until Jesus appeared to them later behind locked doors that Peter did believe.

I try to put myself into those moments. What if I was John or Peter? Would I have believed? Would I have come running? 

Men, my heart, my soul, and my spirit wants to run to Jesus and lift Him up for what He did on the cross for me and for you. Jesus later tells his men this: John 20:29b Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.

That is us!

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

Today we are in celebration at Easter Sunday. Let’s invite other men and their families to join us this day as we bring praise and honor to the King of Kings, Jesus!

Strength and Courage

Michael

Vital Ministries News

Be in prayer this week as it is Holy Week. Be mindful of what our Lord and Savior did on the cross. Our Salvation and Grace comes from the Blood of Jesus. Dedicate the week to prayer to the sacrifice that Jesus made.

Strength and Courage

Michael

What Kind of King Did You Expect

Mark 11:1 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

11 As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage and Bethany at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples,

If Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem was triumphant on Palm Sunday, what went wrong less than a week later? Why did the crowds who adored Jesus on Sunday, turn on him by Friday of that week? And what choice does Palm Sunday present to us today?

We all go into Palm Sunday in our churches looking at the celebration of that day. Palms are waving and people are throwing down their coats to the ground hailing King Jesus. The man who was going to rid Roman Rule and excessive taxation with unjust ruling was Jesus.

The only problem with this view is Jesus came riding on a donkey, which was a young colt. There were two entries on Jerusalem that day. Jesus on a colt on Palm Sunday, and Pontious Pilate came in on a steed with an army following him.

Pilate was showing his military might and strength. Jesus was showing the opposite. Jesus was humble. He embodied peace and tranquility of Shalom which is what God brings to his people.

The people saw Jesus’ leadership in his final week to be disappointing. He was not the King David they expected. They were seeking this powerful king. That is why they were chanting, ‘Hosanna to the Son of David.’ That was the King they expected.

To a point I thing we are still looking for that King who will rid the world of starvation, cancer, death, and pain.

Here is the bottom line for us today. We will make a choice each day to choose power and might, or we will choose love. We will make a choice to choose the way thing are done over the way God intends them to be. Which will you choose? What kind of King do you expect?

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

Vital Ministries News

It is a good month to read about the Passion of the Christ. Let’s remember together what Jesus did in taking on our sins so that we might be in right relationship with the Father.

Strength and Courage

Michael

 

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