Today was a good day. It was a hard day, but a good day. I was able to log 11 total miles on foot and 5.7 miles on my bike.
I started the day by reading my three chapters of scripture and then meeting with a buddy at Starbucks to talk about life and church and Jesus. That is always a good start to the day. When I got home I went out for a 5 mile run at a 7:19 per mile pace for a total run time of 36 minutes and 41 seconds. That was a solid medium effort and I felt pretty good.
Then I had the idea of doing the same route on my bike. My thinking was that I could continue to build up strength in my legs and lungs (but minimize the pounding on the pavement) by working a few bike rides into my week. I was definitely able to get my heart, legs, and lungs going on my bike. I ended up with 5.7 miles in 22 minutes and 12 seconds.
I have come to the conclusion that I am much faster on a bike. Haha.
To round out the day, I was able to join the Vertical Runner of Wooster group run today for another 6 miles. The run started off fairly well. My legs were tired, but not dead. My first mile was 7:46 and I thought, “I can probably keep this up.” The second mile was a touch faster at 7:42. On mile 3, I hit a brick wall (figuratively -not literally). My legs were done.
I felt like someone had tied 10 pound bricks to my feet and I had no idea how I was going to finish the run. The mile clicked over at 8:11 -not nearly as bad as I thought it would be.
Mile 4 was even worse. In my mind I was running about a 17 minute per mile pace, and working very hard for it! Mile 4 clicked over at 8:26, which was actually quite encouraging.
I can do this!
I finished up with a 7:40 mile and a 7:48 mile. It was a hard-earned 6 miles total, with an overall average pace of 7:56 per mile and a total run time of 48 minutes and 9 seconds.
So far this week I have run 37.8 miles. I am well on my way to my goal of 70 miles this week. Hopefully I can get rested up a bit before my run tomorrow.
The main thing that stood out to me today as I was reading through Luke 5-7 was Luke’s writing style, especially in Luke 5-6.
I think it is important to notice that Luke is trying to help us understand who Jesus is. These chapters are not necessarily chronological. They are an overall big picture look at the character and person of Jesus. Notice some of the beginning phrases of the different sections:
On one occasion, while the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret, – Luke 5:1
While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.” – Luke 5:12
On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. – Luke 5:17
On a Sabbath, while he was going through the grainfields, his disciples plucked and ate some heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands. – Luke 6:1
On another Sabbath, he entered the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. – Luke 6:6
In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. – Luke 6:12
It is almost funny that a guy like Luke, who is so particular and detailed, pays no attention to what day, or what city, or what Sabbath he is referring to in these chapters.
Why is this?
Well, it’s because what day, or what city, or what Sabbath is simply not the point. The point is: look at Jesus! Look at what he has done! Listen to what he has said! These are the important aspects.
Masterfully, Luke wraps up these chapters that are outlining the character and person of Jesus with these words from the LORD:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.” – Luke 6:46-49
Luke gives snapshots of what Jesus is like, essentially telling us to look at Jesus, and then he reminds us that it is not enough to just look. At some point we have to decide what to do with what we see.
I love what C.S. Lewis said regarding this. He pointed out that Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or LORD!
Jesus made some incredible claims! Even in these chapters he is claiming divinity by forgiving sins. He is teaching as one with authority. He is claiming to be Lord of the Sabbath.
Either he is a liar, and none of the things that he said are true (this would be a hard pill to swallow since so much of what he said has, in fact, been proven to be true).
Or he is a lunatic who really believed what he said even though he was insane (and somehow ironically and luckily got much of it right even while being out of his mind).
Or he is LORD. The final explanation is that he was completely honest and truthful about what he spoke -that he really did have the power and authority to forgive sins! But if this option is true, then we have to take an honest look at Luke 6:46:
“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? – Luke 6:46