It was another beautiful day for a group run! Actually, it was a rather HOT day for a group run, but it was still fun!
I was able to net 6.2 mils in 48 minutes and 12 seconds on the Vertical Runner spring route. My average pace was 7:45, which felt pretty good on a hot, spring day.
I feel like I am still getting caught up on my rest from being gone over the weekend. Apparently I am getting older, because I don’t remember it taking me so long to recover from a weekend of driving and playing music in the hot sun, but this trip has done a number on me.
Oh well. We’re still getting our daily 5k and Bible reading in each day.
The thing that stood out to me most from today’s reading was how in control of his arrest Jesus was. The silly guards were no match for Jesus. He could have easily slipped away from them as He had so many times with the religious leaders and the people of Nazareth. But His purpose, this time, was not to slip away. It was to fulfill what He was born to do.
He was born to die, and He was not going to let anything get in His way.
So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, went there with lanterns and torches and weapons. Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him, came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said to them, “I am he.” Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. So he asked them again, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. So, if you seek me, let these men go.”(John 18:3–8, ESV)
When Jesus said that He was the one they were looking for, the soldiers and officers drew back and fell to the ground. This would have been a perfect opportunity for Him to escape. But no, that wasn’t the will of the Father. Not this time.
This was His time, His moment, to lay down His life for His friends -and that includes me! He laid down His life for me. He didn’t run away when the going got tough, He waited for the soldiers and officers to get back up, so that He could be beaten, falsely tried, and crucified… so that I could receive eternal life.
Jesus is my superhero!
He can be yours, too…