Tour de Yorkshire 2019
Once again, Bridlington has been chosen as a stage starting point for the Tour de Yorkshire. In 2015 and 2017 Stage 1 of the men's race started outside the Spa and this year Stage 2 of the women's race and Stage 3 of the men's race will do so. On Thursday 2nd May the Tour will start in Doncaster and over 4 days will take in 150 villages, towns and cities. After riding 392 miles (631.5 kilometres) and tackling 12 climbs and 8 sprints, cyclists will finish the race in Leeds on Sunday 5th May.
Cycle of Life
It is interesting to note aspects of the Tour de Yorkshire which remind us of our lives. There is the sense of excitement or hoping for good things ahead as we start out. There are the unexpected difficulties which come at us whatever our stage in life: personal failures, family pressures, job security etc. And as we approach the finishing line at the end of life, have we achieved what we aimed for? Even if the answer is 'yes', does it give us lasting satisfaction?
To do well in the Tour de Yorkshire, or any event involving physical exercise, fitness is very important - involving numerous hours of training, dedication, sacrifice and encouragement from others. Local and central government have encouraged physical fitness, healthy eating and regular medical check-ups for years. This is well and good, but there is another sort of fitness most people simply ignore. Fitness on the INSIDE. This is far more important. The Bible says: Man looks at the outward appearance but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel Chapter 16, verse 7).
Fitness that is Vital
We have to admit, if we're honest, that we don't always keep our own standards and much less God's perfect standard. This is best summed up in the 10 Commandments. Our 'personal best' fails to reach this standard so we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans Chapter 3, verse 23). The only solution that God has provided for our failures is JESUS CHRIST. Unlike you and me, Jesus ran the 'race of life' in this world to perfection. Hence He only was 'fit enough' to take the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross:
For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.
(1 Peter Chapter 3, verse 18)
Three days later He rose from the dead and now offers COMPLETE FORGIVENESS and a NEW RELATIONSHIP with God that LASTS FOREVER to those who will trust Him to take charge of their lives.
There will be only one winner of the Tour de Yorkshire. But all who turn from their sins and trust in Jesus will be WINNERS FOREVER. Jesus says: I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. No one can snatch them out of my hand (John Chapter 10, verse 28).
After our 'cycle of life' ends, we will be judged by an all-knowing, perfectly just God. Then whether we spend eternity in heaven with Him will depend totally on HOW WE HAVE RESPONDED TO JESUS.
God could not have loved you more than by sending Jesus.
WILL YOU TRUST HIM TODAY?
Text based on the gospel leaflet published on behalf of Bridlington Baptist, Bridlington Christian Fellowship and Harbourside Churches.
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