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Rev Richard MARTIN - Minister

Marathons Are The In Thing

My son-in-law ran his first marathon this year - the London. I'm not sure if he knows the origin of the marathon, but, like so many, he's been 'bitten' by it. He's already training for the next.

In 490 BC the Greeks won a tremendous victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. A particularly strong warrior was chosen to carry news of the victory to the capital. He ran, non-stop, the full 42 kilometres

Arriving in Athens, he had only the strength to cry out Victory! Victory! Then he slumped to the ground and died

- thus paying with his life, the proclamation of victory.

This story reminds me of a yet more glorious event - the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ into this world. He came to announce the great news of GOD'S SAVING GRACE. Paul put it like this: He came & preached peace to you who were far away & peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. (Ephesians chap. 2 vs. 17-18).

The Greek runner expired, crying out Victory! And a famous race was instituted in his honour. Jesus Christ died on a cross at Calvary, crying out: It is finished! And thus He purchased our salvation from sin.

You may share in a dead Greek's glory

by running the London Marathon - or some other.

But if you would know salvation & the peace Christ offers,

You must recognise that He died for your sins.


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