In October 2008, Dr. Sean George, a medical specialist, was driving from Esperance to Kalgoorlie in the West Australian goldfields when he started feeling chest pain. He called his wife, Sherry, to let her know, and then drove himself to the nearest clinic. Sean’s heart stopped beating. Fifty-five minutes of CPR and electric shock therapy couldn’t bring him back. His death was called when Sherry arrived.
Walking into the room, Sherry nearly collapsed in shock seeing her husband lying motionless with a flat line on the ECG monitor. “Sherry, I’m very sorry but Sean is gone,” the emergency physician said. I’ll give you the last two minutes to say goodbye.” Sherry walked to the table, picked up Sean’s cold hand and in desperation prayed a silent prayer. “Lord Jesus,” she whispered, “Sean is only thirty-nine years old. I am only thirty-eight. We have a ten year-old boy. I need a miracle.”
The medical staff struggled to make sense of what happened next.
At that moment, medical staff reported, Sean’s lifeless body took a deep breath and his heartbeat returned on the monitor. Medical equipment readings confirm the claim. Sean told me his story a few months later as a completely well man.
Sean George’s resuscitation is proof of what God can do. This wasn’t his ultimate resurrection. But miracles like this remind us of what our God is capable of. As he once told his good friend Martha before resurrecting her brother, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26). This past Sunday we reminded ourselves that the tomb of our Lord is empty. Because He lives, we have the amazing hope that we too will live forever.
Even though these earthly bodies may ache, and wear out and eventually fail us, we know that one day we too shall live again. Death will not ultimately win. We will rise victorious In Jesus Christ.
That is the Good News this morning. Reflect on that as you go through your day.
Have a great week!
Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson