We have officially made it to week 2 of “5k Every Day in the Month of May 2018!!” If you are still with me for the challenge, go ahead and leave a comment here on the blog and let me know how you are feeling.
Today was a fairly hot run for me. After all of these months of running in the snow, I think my body is struggling to deal with 75 degrees and sunny. What is going to happen when it gets into the 90s? Maybe I’ll just melt away into nothing.
I hope not.
I kept to my nice, smooth 5k plan today. I ran 3.1 miles around Apple Creek on my “Triangle Route”. The run took me 23 minutes and 31 seconds, which was an average pace of 7:35 per mile.
I’ve been feeling good. I think my hamstring is probably back to normal, but I’ll go ahead and keep playing it safe for the rest of the week.
I ran this afternoon while listening to the Bible passages. I think this is the first run of #5kMay2018 that I listened to the 3 chapters while I ran the 3 miles. I was surprised at how quickly the 3 chapters flew by. I was barely past 1 mile when my daily reading (listening) was over! I pulled my headphones out after that.
I was also amazed at how much I did not remember what I heard. I think I personally prefer to read the passage. But hey, there is no rule against doing both!
There was definitely some interesting stuff in today’s reading (Matthew 22-24). The woes to the Pharisees and end times chapters are interesting. We could spend a lot of time unpacking those chapters, but I think what stuck out to me the most today was the end of Matthew 22.
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet’?
If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions. (Matthew 22:41–46, ESV)
Throughout so much of the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), Jesus is being hammered left and right with questions from the Pharisees, Sadducees, and teachers of the Law. In this passage, He actually initiates the conversation with a question posed to them.
I don’t believe for a moment that Jesus is trying to trick them. They have spent the last several chapters trying to trap Him and test Him. I don’t believe this is Jesus paying them back by testing or trapping them. I think Jesus is trying to help them understand an incredibly important truth that they have somehow missed.
In the kindest way possible, and in a way that they should have been able to understand, Jesus was trying to help them understand that the Christ was right in front of them.
They knew that the Christ would be from the lineage of David (which Jesus was), but they couldn’t understand how David could refer to the Christ as “Lord” -meaning that He was both greater and before, yet after.
No one was able to answer His question, nor did anyone dare to ask Him any more questions.
That is sad. They were right on the verge of a life-altering, eternity-changing answer, but they refused to go further.
I wonder about us. How would we respond to His question: “What do you think about the Christ?”
How do you answer that all-important question? Maybe you are not sure. Maybe you have questions. Don’t stop short of the answers. Press in to Jesus. He has the answers our hearts are longing for!
*5k Every Day in the Month of May 2018 is brought to you by Jeff Polen Music and Vertical Runner of Wooster. If you are joining the fun, don’t forget about the Facebook group, the Strava group, and the printable PDF.