The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

By Max Ingalls
Seward City Church 

Run with endurance the race that is set before you

 

April 20, 2017 | View PDF



Palm Sunday has come and gone, but I’m still considering it’s implications. It marks the day of Jesus’ “Triumphal Entry” into the city of Jerusalem, and the beginning of the Jesus’ final week before the cross. It’s at this time that we see Jesus’ resolve ... not shrinking back, not backing down, but focused on the mission, all the while knowing what was to come, certain death.

Recently, we said goodbye to a great man of this community, Roger Miller. As many would attest, even as Roger faced hardships and physical limitations ... Roger “finished strong.” James 1:2 tells us to “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” I saw this lived out. I saw a joy in Roger that was not based on circumstances, not a happiness based on “happenings,” but a JOY that was deeper, a JOY based on who Jesus was to him.

People like Roger (and his wife, Laurel) inspire me, they point me to Jesus. And that’s the point isn’t it? As a follower of Jesus, to reflect, to point, to inspire others to trust the one who “for the JOY set before him, he endured the cross...” (Heb. 12:2).

That final week in Jerusalem, Jesus was finishing strong. He took on the weight of the the world, the sin that separated you and I from our great JOY... a relationship with our Heavenly Father. It’s because of this great act of love that inspires me to “run with endurance the race that is set before me, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfected of our faith” (Heb. 12:2).

 

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