He Let Us Run

October 22, 2019

“While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8b, NIV 1984).

He was big, a John Wayne kind of a guy, still well-nourished, but tired after the treatment I had put him through. While examining him, I admired the leather jacket he was wearing. “There’s an interesting story about this coat,” he said. “It wasn’t long after I bought it that I was at a pawn shop I frequent. The clerk noted that someone was breaking into my car.” My patient paused. “I was carrying. I ran out to the car with my little pearl-handled pistol and caught the guy holding this jacket I’m wearing. I asked him, ‘Do you want me to shoot you first and then you try to run, or do you just want to run?’ He said, ‘I just want to run.’ So, he handed me the coat and took off. I let him go. It would have taken another hour and a half for me to deal with the police.”

Thank our Christ that God let us run before He shot us. As His blood dripped from the cross, He let us run right into His open arms.

He could have shot us first. He could have put us through the suffering we deserve for choosing ourselves over Him; and, perhaps, after we had suffered enough and learned our lesson, He might have taken us in.

But He shot himself first and let us run to Him.

“The marvel is, in the biblical view, not that men die for their sins, but that we remain alive in spite of them.” – John W. Wenham

Dear God,
Let me always be amazed by Your grace.

Al Weir, MD

Al Weir, MD

After leaving academic medicine, Dr. Weir served in private practice at the West Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee from 1991-2005 before joining the CMDA staff as Vice President of Campus & Community Ministries where he served for three years from 2005-2008. He is presently Professor of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Program Director for the Hematology/Oncology fellowship program. He is also President of Albanian Health Fund, an educational ministry to Albania where he has been serving for 20 years. He is the author of two books: When Your Doctor Has Bad News and Practice by the Book. Dr. Weir’s work has also been published in many medical journals and other publications. Al and his wife Becky live in Memphis, Tennessee, and they have three children and three grandchildren. Dr. Weir is currently serving on CMDA's Board of Trustees.