This past weekend, there was a young man who ran the New York City Marathon literally carrying his cross. The man, who dressed as Jesus, ran the 26-mile race barefoot with a giant wooden cross strapped to his back.
The man has been referred to in the press as “Marathon Jesus.” While it is not abnormal to see people dressed up for the New York City Marathon—participants sometimes dress as superheroes and the like—it was unique to see a man running for his faith.
When I saw photos of the runner, I thought of how we all have a cross to carry. However, this man carried his cross willingly, and with great endurance. I thought it could be used as a great lesson for us all.
The sight made me question a few things in my own life. Do I each day pick up my cross willingly? Do I carry it joyfully or do I drag it with me, allowing it to weigh me down?
There is a beautiful quote in Hebrews 12:1-2 which says, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
This man truly stood out as a witness to his faith. Hopefully, in some small way, we each can do the same.
What do you think?