The rea­son for the sea­son

Dalby Herald - - NEWS - — Rev Ross Pethy­bridge Dalby Pres­by­te­rian Church

I WAS think­ing about the story of the great Amer­i­can black ath­lete Jessie Owens the other day, which re­minded me of the gen­eral pub­lic’s treat­ment of Je­sus.

At the 1936 Olympics in Ber­lin, Jessie or “JC” as he was known at school, showed the world and Hitler what he was ca­pa­ble of by win­ning four gold medals.

Hitler had hoped the Olympics would show­case to the world the supremacy of his white ath­letes, but Owens’ achieve­ments put a stop to that.

Jessie won the 100m, 200m, long jump and 4 x 100m events.

Fol­low­ing Owens’ re­turn to the States, a din­ner was put on in his hon­our.

But when he ar­rived at the Wal­dorf As­to­ria ho­tel for this re­cep­tion, he was in­structed to take the ser­vice lift rather than the nor­mal guest lift, which was re­served for whites.

Owens was later to say, “Hitler didn’t snub me – it was FDR (Franklin D Roo­sevelt) who snubbed me”. It’s shock­ing to think how Owens was treated back in his na­tive coun­try. The hypocrisy of it all. A din­ner put on in his hon­our and yet no real de­sire by the white peo­ple of that time to wel­come him.

As I thought about that, an­other thought struck me. Many peo­ple do the same to an­other JC – Je­sus Christ.

At this time of year, we get out the nativity scenes, and have a few ser­vices in his hon­our, we talk about his great ac­com­plish­ments, but the ma­jor­ity don’t want to re­ally as­so­ciate with him.

As the old book says, “He came to that which was his own but his own did not re­ceive him”. John 1.

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