The other day I was trying to think of times I had no strength left to carry on or finish the task. On one occasion when we were packing to move somewhere we had worked until one in the morning and finally we had to stop because we were too exhausted to do any more.

Many people stop short of the finish line in a marathon race because they were simply “without strength” to reach the goal line. I’m always amazed at those athletes who can lift weights in the hundreds of pounds. Lasha Talakhadze set the record recently by lifting 484 kgs (that’s 1067 pounds). As amazing as that is, or any other great feat, one word stands out to me, and that is “limitation”. There are limits to our own human ability and at some point we reach our breaking point and find ourselves without strength. People have lived impressive lives and served God and humanity but all have fallen short of being able to save us from our sin. We were simply “without strength!”

Along comes Jesus of whom Paul said, “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” Jesus did for us what we could never do for ourselves. A lot of people got in the ring but met their defeat to sin, the law and death. Jesus got in the “ring of humanity” and fought and won for the weak, ungodly and all those without strength!

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