by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Symbols of Discipleship
Stephen Whitney
Matthew 26:33-35, 69-75

Robert Knievel, who took the nicknamed Evel, was an American daredevil who attempted over 75 motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980. One of his famous jumps was over the fountains at Caesars Palace on November 17, 1967. He landed short of the ramp which caused him to go over the handlebars and resulted in him breaking his hip, pelvis, femur, wrist and both ankles. His concussion kept him in the hospital in a coma for 29 days.

During those 75 jumps he broke 433 bones which earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of “the most broken bones in a lifetime.”

His son Robbie followed in his daredevil father’s footsteps. He began jumping his bicycle when he was 4 and rode motorcycles at the age of 7. When he was 8 he performed his first show with his father at Madison Square Garden. At 12 he was on tour with his father where he would perform in the pre-jump shows. His father tried to talk him out of motorcycle jumping. Robbie said, I used to sit in the ambulance and look at him and he’d say, “I don’t want you to do this.”

Robbie did not listen to his father and developed back chronic pain from his many crashes and at one point crashed on 6 of 15 jumps. He said, “Every time I look at that ramp I say to myself, ‘You idiot, what are you doing this for?’ But then the crowd gets you going.”

Peer pressure will cause us to do things we wouldn’t otherwise do. We go along with something because we want to please the crowd. We are willing to give up what we believe to be right in order to please others even if we know that it is wrong.

One of the greatest tests we face is to deny our faith in Jesus Christ because other people don’t believe in him so we have to stand alone which is hard because we want to be accepted by others.

PRIDE DISPLAYED :33-35 Pride :33 Peter thought that he was morally and spiritual ...

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