1 Peter 1:18-19
“18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”
The horse, Secretariat, ran the perfect race at Belmont in 1973 and he won by 31 lengths. At the end of the race he was still gaining speed and running away from the field.
It is said that Jack Nicklaus, the greatest golfer who ever lived, watched Secretariat run on that day and wept like a child. When asked about this, he explained that for his whole career as a golfer he had sought perfection. He had been close a few times, but he never achieved it. On that day he had witnessed perfection both in the horse and in the race.
Christ led a perfect life; a life without sin or blemish. It is this perfection that caused people to be drawn to him; to get up, leave everything behind and follow Him, but, it was this perfection that also caused the world to reject Him and to crucify Him. As a result, he became the perfect sacrifice; a sacrifice which provides us the way of salvation; a resurrection that assures us of eternal life.
This was God’s perfect plan; the plan for the redemption of humankind.
May the love of Christ be with you
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)