by Pastor Greg Laurie
December 2, 2003
The Time to Run
“Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened.” (Luke 24:13–14)
I find, as a Christian, that I need to be reminded of things that I sometimes forget. Have you noticed that you don’t always know as much as you think you know? I have found that I often forget what I ought to remember, and I remember what I ought to forget.
In Luke 24 we find the story of two men who had forgotten some things they should have remembered. At one time, they had been passionate followers of Christ, but now their dreams had been destroyed as they watched Him die on a Roman cross. Even as He hung there, they were hoping for a last-minute miracle. But no miracle came. They felt discouraged. Let down. So, they decided to leave town.
Jesus said that He would be crucified and after three days, would rise again. He spoke of it often. But they had forgotten. Now they wanted to put as much distance between them and the cross as possible.
We need to remember that every step away from the cross is a step in the wrong direction. When we are hurting or have failed spiritually, that is not the time to run away from the cross. That is the time to run to it.
Maybe something has happened in your life and you feel as though God has let you down. Maybe some tragedy has occurred. But God has not failed you. He has not forgotten you. Now is the time to run back to the cross. Now is the time to remember His Word and the promises it holds for you.
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