by Fred Lowery

The Great Race
Fred Lowery
Hebrews 12:1-3
August 5, 2007

In 1968 in the summer Olympics in Mexico you probably remember that there was a marathon runner from Tanzania. In that race he stumbled and fell and he got up bleeding and was able to keep moving forward and two hours after the winner ran across that finish line this young man John Stevens, stumbled, bleeding across the finish line. The media of course couldn't believe it. They said to him, why didn't you quit? Why didn't you drop out of race, you were bleeding, you were in severe pain, why didn't you do it? Why didn't you step out? He looked them and he said my country didn't send me 7000 miles to start a race but to finish it. You know there are many metaphors of the Christian life in the Bible. One is that the Christian life is a race and it indeed is. A race that we don't just start but a race that we finish and it's so important that we understand what it takes to run that race with steadfast endurance. With patience with a testimony, because there are so many things that can get us sidetracked. So many things that can mess us up. We find a great passage in Hebrews Chapter 12 that talk about life being a race. If you would follow in the Bible that you have there, Hebrews chapter 12 beginning with verse 1. Therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses. Let us throw off every thing that hinders and the sin that so easily besets us or entangles us and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith who for the joy set before Him endured the cross. Scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. What a passage of encouragement. How many of you have had all the encouragement this week you can possibly stand? Let me see your hand. All of us need encouragem ...

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