Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Leicester City and the Premier League - The Greatest Story Ever Told?

This was the headline yesterday when Leicester City Football Club finally won the Premier League. Congratulations to them and their fans. It's quite a feat and a well deserved accomplishment. 

The Daily Telegraph reports "NIne months ago, the odds being offered on Leicester City winning the Premier League title were identical to the quoted odds on Elvis Presley being found alive this year: 5,000-1. Elvis is yet to turn up, but Leicester, who defined the term “rank outsider”, have achieved the impossible, after an adverse result for their only remaining rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, handed them the title with two games to spare. Spurs’ 2-2 draw in a thrilling match against Chelsea means they can no longer catch the league leaders. In an era when football fans accept that only the richest clubs stand any chance of success, unfashionable Leicester’s achievement will go down as one of the greatest in any sport".

It's a great story but I contest not the greatest story that has ever been told - that is reserved for another timeless person and issue - the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Here are some verses from the Bible that summarise this great and life changing story:

1 Timothy 1:15
This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

1 John 4:14
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.

John 3:16-21
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

The following information is available on Google if you type in the words "The greatest story ever told". 

    The Greatest Story Ever Told
    1965 ‧ Drama/Family Drama ‧ 4h 20m
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    From his birth in Bethlehem to his death and eventual resurrection, the life of Jesus Christ (Max von Sydow) is given the all-star treatment in this epic retelling. Major aspects of Christ's life are touched upon, including the execution of all the newborn males in Egypt by King Herod (Claude Rains) ; Christ's baptism by John the Baptist (Charlton Heston) ; and the betrayal by Judas after the Last Supper that eventually leads to Christ's crucifixion and miraculous return.
    Initial release: February 15, 1965
    Music composed by: Alfred Newman

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