On the first Easter there was quite a bit of running. The women who first came to the tomb ran away after the angel told them Jesus was risen. Mary Magdalene ran to tell Simon Peter and John that the stone was rolled away. Then John and Simon Peter had a foot race to the tomb. When the two disciples met Jesus on the road to Emmaus, after their eyes were opened in the breaking of the bread and they recognized Him and He vanished, they hurried that very hour back to Jerusalem to tell the other disciples. And some time later, when Simon Peter realized it was Jesus on the shore, he plunged into the sea to go meet Jesus.
The application is two simple things this Easter Sunday. First, run to Jesus. Today, if you hear His voice, hurry to Him. Perhaps you have been busy with life, with sin weighing you down, trying to avoid the gnawing sensation that there is some distance between you and the Lord, putting off something you need to make right. Stop putting it off. Run to Him. And the good news is that He is waiting for You, and when you stop avoiding Him, and turn to Him, He is right there. In fact, in the parable of the prodigal Son, the Father is looking down the road for His Son and when He sees him, the Father runs for him. Easter if for running home to your Father, running to Jesus.
Second, run to put things right. Have you said something to someone that you know you shouldn’t have? Have you stolen and tried to justify it? Have you lied and tried to forget about it? No one in the world may know about it, but Jesus does. Jesus knows what you did. So as you run to Him, run to put things right. Confess your sins of bitterness, hatred, lying, stealing. Run and make it right. Plunge into the sea. It might be a little cold, but it’s completely worth it. The Lord is waiting for you, and there’s a warm fire and plenty of food. Remember, it’s always better with Jesus. He has peace and joy and pleasures forevermore. Nothing compares to Him.
So, Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ.