by Steve Wagers

The Amazing Grace Race
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Hebrews 12: 1-2
NBBC of Jacksonville
June 13. 2010

1. WHAT We Must LOSE!
A) What Burdens Us Incessantly
B) What Binds Us Individually
2. WHERE We Must LOOK!
A) His Humanity is Exemplified
B) His Deity is Exalted
3. How We Must LIVE!
A) Concentration to Help Us Focus
B) Motivation to Help Us Finish

The Amazing Race is a top rated reality show in which teams of 2 people, who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, race around the world in competition with other teams. Contestants strive to arrive first at "pit stops" at the end of each leg of the race to win prizes and to avoid coming last, which carries the possibility of elimination or a significant disadvantage in the following leg.

Contestants travel to and within multiple countries in a variety of transportation modes, including planes, balloons, helicopters, trucks, bicycles, taxis, rental cars, trains, buses, boats, and by foot. The clues in each leg lead the teams to the next destination or direct them to perform a task, either together or by a single member. These challenges are related in some manner to the country or culture where they are located. Teams are progressively eliminated until three are left; at that point, the team that arrives first in the final leg is awarded a grand prize of $1 million.

The Hebrew writer reminds us that we are in a race. However, this race is a grace race. The race was commenced with grace, and the race will be concluded by grace. The whistle blew to start the race, and the trumpet will sound to end the race. We jump on by grace, and we'll jump off by grace. It's grace all the way, from start to finish.

The ancient Athenian games held a race every year where a torch was lit and the runners would set off with their torches lit. The winner of the race was not the runner who crossed the finish line first, but the runner who crossed the line with his torch still lit.

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