Telling The Good-News
They went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy,
and ran to tell His disciples.
The modern-day marathon is based on the story of a Greek messenger, Pheidippides. According to legend, in 490 bc he ran approximately twenty-five miles (forty kilometres) from Marathon to Athens to announce the Greeks’ victory against their formidable foe, the invading Persians. Today, people run marathons for the personal satisfaction of an athletic achievement, but Pheidippides had a greater purpose behind his effort: each of his steps was run for the sheer joy of delivering such good news to his kinsmen!
Some 500 years later, two women also ran to deliver good news—the most pivotal news in all of history. When Mary and Mary Magdalene arrived at the tomb where the Lord Jesus had been placed after His crucifixion, they found it empty. An angel told them that Jesus had “risen from the dead” and to “go quickly and tell his disciples” (Matthew 28:7). The women, “afraid yet filled with joy,” ran to tell the disciples what they had discovered (v. 8).
May we have the same joyful exuberance at the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and may it invigorate us to share the good news with others. We may not even need to “run” farther than next door to find someone who needs to know about our Saviour. He won the battle against death, so we might live victoriously with Him forever!
Dear Lord God, As I stand at the gate of the new year, may it be a year when I can share, and encourage others to share the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.