You’ve got to love the Friday morning long run. My brother and I met in Wooster this morning for three six mile loops. #GoodTimes!
After Wednesday evening’s over Flickinger Hill and back run, my legs were tired. It was also quite hot and humid. I was sweating like crazy. We were smart enough to run six mile loops for the purpose of grabbing some water and refueling between loops. That was a pretty big win.
Overall, it was another great Friday morning long run.
Daily Run: We ran 18 miles in 2 hours, 20 minutes, and 41 seconds, which is an overall average pace of 7:48 per mile. Not bad for a hot and sweaty training run.
Daily Bible Reading: I am always amazed by the careful preservation of the gospel accounts. The first verse in Mark 16 is actually quite important.
When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him.Mark 16:1, ESV
It is shocking that the gospel writers would admit that the first people to notice Jesus was missing from the tomb would be women. Women were not held in nearly as high esteem as men were in that culture. Women could not hold a significant position of authority. A woman’s testimony would not hold nearly the same weight as a man’s testimony.
What would possibly compel the gospel writers to point out that these women were the first to discover that Jesus had risen from the grave?
Only the truth, and a strong conviction to tell the truth, could possibly be the motivation for including this piece of information.
In a rather strange way, including this important piece of information, at the risk of being discredited because women were not considered to be credible sources, absolutely magnifies the credibility of the account in my mind.
Beyond the shadow of any reasonable doubt, I am convinced that Jesus died on the cross, was buried in a borrowed tomb, and rose from the grave. The intentional inclusion of verses like this make me even more convinced.