Cover 2018-03-18

Ron Writes

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Roger Bannister died this month (March 3). He was a distinguished neurologist for 60 years, but that’s not why he is known. He was a British runner who was the first man to run a sub-4 minute mile. When it happened in 1954, the announcer said, “the time was three….” the cheers of the crowd erupted so loud that the announcers voice was drown out and no one knew the exact time. It was 3 minutes 59.4 seconds.

The record only lasted 46 days when Australia’s John Landy broke it. This set up one of the most memorable showdowns in track. Bannister and Landy would race each other in Vancouver, BC. They were the only two men to have broken the 4 minute barrier. The race was billed as “The Miracle Mile.”

Landy lead most of the way. Then came the turning point of the race. Landy looked over his left shoulder to gauge Bannister’s position. The exact moment was caught by a photographer. Landy’s decision allowed Bannister to burst by winning the race by less than a second. This was such a defining moment that the picture was turned in to a bronze sculpture. Landy remarked, “While Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt for looking back, I am probably the only one ever turned into bronze for looking back.

Hebrews uses one of the great metaphors of the Bible to describe Christianity - it’s a race. “Let us run the race set before us” (Heb. 12:1). The following words are so important, “fixing our eyes on Jesus” (vs 2). Landy could tell you the importance of keeping your eyes on the goal. There is also a great cloud of witnesses who would tell us to stay focused. Paul also says “I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13-14). By faith act! Run! Focus! Strive, looking to Jesus!