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WILLING TO DIE


Lance Armstrong is a phenomenal cyclist who has won the Tour De France for the last four years--and that after having survived cancer! One of the keys to his success as an athlete has been his single-minded devotion to training, including a willingness to suffer physically, to push his mind and body to the limit to prepare himself to win. Listen to this passage which describes his preparations for the 1999 Tour De France:


"I went back to training. I rode, and I rode, and I rode. I rode like I had never ridden, punishing my body up and down every hill I could find. . . . I remember one day in particular, May 3, a raw European spring day, biting cold. I steered my bike into the Alps, with Johan following in a car. By now it was sleeting and 32 degrees. I didn’t care. We stood at the roadside and looked at the view and the weather, and Johan suggested that we skip it. I said, "No. Let’s do it." I rode for seven straight hours, alone. To win the Tour I had to be willing to ride when no one else would ride."


Just like Lance Armstrong had to be willing to ride when no one else would ride, someone also had to die when no one else was willing to die--when no one else could die for our sins. In Gethsemane, Jesus "fell to the ground and began to pray that if it were possible, the hour might pass Him by. And He was saying, "Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will."


He died when no one else would or could die.


And He won.


SOURCE: Alan Perkins, edited by SermonCentral Staff. Citation: Lance Armstrong, It’s Not About the Bike, pp. 221-222.

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