In 1998 during the winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan one event competition called the attention of the world. Most of the newspapers had articles saying something like this: “Cross-country skier Philip Boit made history when he became the first Kenyan to compete at the Olympic Winter Games, racing in the 10km classic event at Nagano 1998. Despite coming last, he was enthusiastically embraced by the winner, Norwegian Bjorn Daehlie. It was a moment that marked the start of a lasting friendship. Boit crossed the line in 92nd place, some 20 minutes after Daehlie, who delayed his appearance at the medal ceremony in order to head for the finish area to congratulate the Kenyan. Relayed around the world, the scene of the two embracing each other seemed to embody the spirit of the Olympic Games.” (https:// olympics.com/en/news/philip-boit-kenya-s-first-winterolympian).
Phillip Boit admired the champion Daehlie who had won a total of 12 Olympic medals 8 gold and 4 silver. Phillip always wanted to meet the champion and become friends with him and learn from him. Bjorn Daehlie was asked in an interview why he waited at the finish line for the competitor who finished last. He said: “We heard on the PA system that he had nearly reached the stadium and I was impressed that he was able to finish the race in these conditions. I wanted to wait for him, to see this brave African athlete finish the race,” added the Norwegian.” In 1998, the picture of Phillip and the champion Bjorn hugging each other at the finish line was circulating all around the world and It became a positive symbol of the winter Olympics.
The Bible tells us that we have our champion who had finished the race and who is waiting at the finish line-our Savior Jesus Christ. The inspired writer of Hebrews writes to the Christians in the first century to encourage them to continue the race, to not give up. In Hebrews 12:1-3 (NTV) says: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.[a] Because of the joy[b] awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people;[c] then you won’t become weary and give up.”
Jesus is waiting for us at the finish line! He has showed us how to run the race and is waiting for us. Do not give up, keep on running! “So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees.” Hebrews 12:12 (NLV).