Stop the division start running
Luke 24: 9-12
“When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. 10 It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. 11 But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.”
Women were not credible witnesses in that generation. If this was a made-up story then why have the first witnesses of an empty tomb being women?
These women seemed to be speaking nonsense. If this was a made-up story then why not have the disciples believing the report straight away?
We know it is not a made-up story, it is true.
But there seems to be mayhem at Disciples HQ. The women were trying to convince them of the fact that the body was not there and the disciples dismissing their stories. As they continued to discuss 2 men have a better idea than those willing to fall-out, they set off running as fast as they could. Luke has Peter running and in the gospel of John he mentions himself outrunning him to the tomb though he doesn’t enter it. Peter on the other hand runs right into the tomb, he wants to investigate it thoroughly, he bends down over where the body had been, the linen was left behind; the body cannot have been stolen for they would have taken the expensive cloth if so.
Whilst Peter is having an empty tomb experience the other disciples are back at HQ questioning, discussing, debating the theories, caught up in the nonsense.
Where do you want to be?
You may not grasp everything there is. But you have a choice.
Are you going to get caught up with divisions and arguments over what people have experienced etc or are you going to move and have an experience yourself? Are you going to pursue God again? Are you going to run?