Significant Death (17 of 21) by Stephen Whitney

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Significant Death (17 of 21)
Series: Jesus Our Savior - Gospel of Luke
Stephen Whitney
Luke 23:44-49

Walter Payton was drafted as a running back by the Chicago Bears Football team in 1975. He was just 5-foot-10 and 202 pounds which wasn't very big for an NFL running back, but he played
much bigger than his physical size.

What Walter Payton had was a huge heart, and it was big enough to make up for any qualities he lacked. While other running backs would avoid tacklers by running around them, Payton was more apt to run over them. He acquired the nickname "Sweetness" in college because of his personality more than his running style as he took on tacklers with an aggressive, stiff-armed style to help him overcome his size.

He ran for over 1,000 yards in 10 of the 13 seasons he played in the National Football league. During one game against Minnesota,
he ran for 275 years. Eric Dickerson, the third leading rusher said, "He was a guy of small stature but gigantic heart."

After carrying the Bears for most of his career, he helped them make it to the 1985 Super Bowl which they won. He retired two years later and the Bear retired his then famous No. 34 jersey.
During his 13 seasons he rushed for 16,726 yards (about 10 miles or 160 football fields), setting the all time rushing record of any running back. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1993,
his first year of eligibility.

There was a "sweetness" about Walter Payton because even though he was a great running back he had a humble attitude.
His career was never about how great he was, but about helping
the Bears to win.

In his struggle with liver cancer in 1999 he accepted Christ as his personal Savior and experienced real peace in his soul as he died.

Jesus could also be named "Sweetness" because of his divine character, his amazing life and his significant death.
Background
The Jewish day began at sunrise about 6 am. Mark 15:26 It was the third hour they crucified him - whi ...


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