Luke 24:12 But Peter rose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; and he went home marveling at what had happened.
I read Luke 24:12 early this morning. The part that jumped out to me was “but Peter rose and ran.”
Peter is my favorite Bible character. I identify well with him. I wondered for a moment why he ran, but the others did not when hearing the women. What caused Peter to not just shrug off what he heard?
I get Peter, at least to some degree. I’ve always had a boldness to me. And yet, I’ve battled with insecurity. I would likely be the first to try walking on water with Jesus (Yeshua) and I’d be quick to sink, too. Not focusing on the wind and waves around me is a discipline I’ve had to fight to master.
Could it be true? Is there really hope? Is there more than just some fond memories?
I’ll bet Peter wondered hard about that. Seeing so many miracles, only to watch the person that said, “Follow me” (and you did, leaving it all)….be crucified. We know how the story ends. For a while there they didn’t. I can’t even imagine the grief. The despair. The disbelief.
So that’s how it ends?
It’s not the ending.
Something in Peter hoped that. I would run too at top speed. There has to be more.
And there is.
The message I sense God wanting me to share here is simple, but life changing for those who are meant to read it.
It’s not the ending. There is more.
You may be facing circumstances that are utterly hopeless in the natural. You may be deeply hurting. Perhaps grieving. Hear me: God already wrote the story. It’s not over until He says so.
I’ve been a believer for 25+ years now. I’ve seen and experienced a few things during this time. A man my mother knew that was so hardened and foul mouthed, just 2 years later get sober, clean up his mouth and his life and teach Bible studies at a church. A woman who got high almost every night becoming clean, praising God. A lady who was a missionary in South Africa, suffering a massive stroke. They told her she’d be dead in a day or two. She’s alive 20 years later.
God is looking for people who will believe His word and live like it. Those who will see with eyes of the Spirit no matter what the physical eyes see or don’t see. Those who unwaveringly stand on His promises.
I’d like to tell you I’m perfect at this but I’m not. However, I’m sincerely trying. I want to be like Peter. The version after he denied Jesus. The one who gets a love and mercy that’s so beautiful it’s worth more than life itself. Someone that will step out in faith regardless of what it looks like and no matter what opinions others have of me.
What happens when we let perfect love cast out fear? Peter. Father, help me believe. Help me never lose hope. May I run to that empty tomb knowing without any doubt who I am because of who you are.
I love you Lord.
Matthew 16:18 ESV And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
Acts 4:13 ESV Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus.