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Feature Article - April 13, 2006

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Feature Article - April 13, 2006

Run to see Jesus!

by Rev.Raymond Klatt,Harlowe Wesleyan Church

"Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 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!’ So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed." John 20:1-9.

The gospel description of Easter morning tells of Peter and John "running" to see the tomb. Prior to that moment, they had serious doubts that Jesus would rise


from the dead. Their emotions ran from disbelief, to anguish, despair and utter discouragement. Jesus had died. Everything they had done over the last few years had come to an end. It was over.

We too have emotions that run the gambit from disbelief, to anguish, despair and discouragement. We witness the death of a relationship that was once full of hope and joy. We doubt the power of Jesus to raise our relationships from the dead. We doubt that He can heal our hurts and suffering. We doubt that Jesus cares about us. We doubt, we doubt, we doubt.......

The Gospel description of Easter morning inspires us to run to Jesus with all our cares and concerns. Run and see if Jesus is dead or alive. Run and see if Jesus has power, if He loves you, and if His grace has the power to overcome every problem and disappointment in your life. If you run to Jesus, just like Peter and John, you will find that Jesus indeed has the power to overcome every obstacle to life, including raising your relationships from the dead.

When we follow the example of Peter and John, running to Jesus, we will find Him. He will come to us and give us peace in every situation. He will fill us with renewed faith and joy. He will remove our doubts and fears. He will give us a future and a hope.

My prayer this Easter season is that you will experience the Lord in a new way; that He will bless you abundantly and restore your faith in Him. May He raise your relationships, marriages from the tomb of divorce and restore your home. May His peace be with you now and always. "Let the steadfast love, 0 Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in Thee." Psalm 33:22. "You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." Psalm 16:11.


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