10 Apr Run to the Tomb
 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.  So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.”  So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb.  Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. – John 20:1-4
Imagine you are one of the disciples who has followed Jesus for three years. You have left your vocation, your family, your hometown—you have literally left everything to follow Jesus. Three years into your journey with Jesus, things take a turn for the worst. Your Messiah, the one you have been following, has been killed and literally, all hope has been lost. Sitting with the other disciples, wondering how this could happen and how to begin picking up the pieces of shattered expectations, Mary Magdalene walks into the room and proclaims, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb…”
Notice Peter and John’s (the one whom the Lord loved) response to this news: they run to the tomb for hope has come again. For these disciples, no better news could have come from Mary—the tomb is empty, our Messiah is alive! And even though we have the full story at our fingertips, can we approach holy week with this same excitement? Can we run to the empty tomb knowing that our Savior has risen from the grave and therefore given us great hope in this world? Can we run with zeal, passion and vigor into the presence of Jesus? Church, let us celebrate this week the death of Christ and let us run headlong into the glorious hope in which the resurrection of Christ brings.