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Prior to Rodger Bannister running the mile in 3’59.4" in 1954 it was believed to be impossible, and that athletes would die in the attempt.

The ’four minute barrier’ has since been broken by many athletes, and is now the standard of all professional middle distance runners. In the last 50 years the mile record has been lowered by almost 17 seconds. John Walker managed to run 135 sub-four-minute miles during his career, “Go Kiwi!” Now it’s even been run by High School students and an over forty year old.

Bannister broke four minutes and opened the doorway to others; Jesus broke the power of sin and death and opened the door way to life.

In comparing Jesus gift and miracle of freedom from condemnation and sin and death with Rodger Bannister’s four minute mile there is an interesting point.

By the way has anyone here run a four minute mile?

Not all of us are able to experience the thrill of running the mile at that speed, but we are all able to accept freedom in Christ!

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