Ready, Set, Go!

Ready, Set, Go!

Out of all the sports I played in school, track was my least favorite, and I only lasted a couple years in it. The track coach was looking for a spot to hide my marginal track skills and placed me on a relay team. I had no idea how hard it was to properly hand off the baton. The timing has to be just right, the spacing needs to be just right, the grip on the baton needs to be in the right spot, and the communication needs to all work for each handoff. If any one of those things is off, the baton drops. An aluminum baton dropping on a track surface has the same decibel level as 100 chainsaws at a heavy metal concert. Our team dropped the baton more often than we had a successful pass. I have great respect for the elite track athletes that make it look so easy.

We just celebrated Easter a few weeks ago. It’s easy to come down off that high and go about your daily routine not thinking much about it until next year. I think it’s important to remember what happened to Jesus after He rose from the grave. He came back, spent forty days with His followers and then ascended. The book of Acts captures the scene when Jesus ascends up to heaven, the disciples look on, and two angels appearing as men in white robes say to the disciples “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven (Acts 1:11)?”

The angels are essentially saying, “Don’t just stand there…go!” Jesus had given them the Great Commission which was handing them the baton of sharing the Gospel. This was no time to just stand there and look at the sky. Imagine watching a relay race where the second runner receives the baton and just stands there. Everyone would be yelling at them, “Run…run!”

Easter reminds us of the fact that Jesus paid the sin penalty for us. He then passed the baton to us to bring the Good News to the rest of the world. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1–2)

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