by Steve Jones

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Jesus: My Honest Hero - Part 2 (7 of 10)
Series: Jesus, My Hero
Steve Jones
Mark 10:23-31

INTRODUCTION: Dane Patterson lost 100 pounds on the Biggest Loser TV reality show before being eliminated back in February (2009) by his fellow contestants. They believed that he was one of the front-runners to win the $250,000 cash prize that will be handed out to the person who loses the largest percentage of his or her body weight. As is customary, the epilogue to the elimination is a segment in which the cameras catch up with the contestant today to see whether the weight loss is continuing at home. Dane's epilogue was, seemingly, one of the most inspirational in recent memory when it was announced that he'd been training for and had completed a marathon in an eye-popping time of 3:53 - respectable even for much more experienced and conditioned runners. The TV segment showed him crossing the finish line with his wife and accepting a medal from race administrators. But, it was discovered later that an over-eager field producer who was following Dane on race day figured out that Dane would not finish the marathon by the six-hour cut-off time, which in turn meant that the producer would not get the footage of Dane crossing the finish line in personal victory. So the producer picked Dane up in the car and dropped him off close to the finish line. Dane's actual finish time was not 3:53 but rather 5:53 - and that for a distance of about 20 miles, not 26.2. When the truth came out, Dane was dubbed the ''Biggest Liar'' instead of the Biggest Loser.

Someone has said that ''A lie has speed but the truth has endurance.'' We don't need people who are heroes in name only; we need HONEST to goodness heroes. Hebrews 12:1ff ''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.'' JESUS is our honest hero.

We're in a sermon series entitled ''Jesus, my hero'' in which we're focusing on the heroic qualitie ...

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