Bella Vista Church of Christ



Randall Caselman


God To The Rescue


  It was the Summer Olympics 1992. British athlete, Derek Redmond, was the favorite to win the gold medal. The starter's gun fired, the athletes burst out of the blocks.


  Halfway through the race, Derek was leading, then disaster struck. His hamstring muscle tore and he collapsed on the track. The agony on his tear-streaked face was both physical and mental. Medical attendants ran to assist, Derek waved them away. He came to the race and he was going to finish. He got to his feet and started hobbling down the track. The crowd was mesmerized. Officials didn't know what to do.


  Then an older man ran onto the track, brushing off officials who tried to stop him. It was Derek's father. "You don't have to do this son," "Yes I do!" Derek replied. "Then we'll finish this race together" came the response from his father.


  Arm in arm, agony with every step, tears on daddy's face, Derek and his father continued. Frequently, Derek would bury his face in his father's shoulder. Father's strong arms carried his son both physically and emotionally. Finally, before a standing, applauding, roaring crowd, Derek Redmond crossed the finish line.


  It became the defining moment of the Barcelona Olympics. Derek Redmond didn't win a Medal, but he finished the race in the arms of his father. I think Derek's injury pictures our sin condition. Because of wrong choices, poor decisions, we've failed and fallen on the track unable to finish unless we have help.


  Our Father saw our condition and came to rescue: "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5.6 & 8)."He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also of the sins of the whole world" (1 John 2.2). This is love: not that we love God, but that he loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins" (1John 4.10). "In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace"(Ephesians 1.7).


  Indeed, God picks us up off the track by forgiving us, carries us across the finish line to victory – If we will cling to Him through our daily race.