Episode 2 in the series: Would Jesus Play…?
Second sport: Distance Running
Brian and Chad each offer three reasons why Jesus might have participated in distance running and one reason why He might not have.
Brian’s #1: The experience of the “runner’s high” is like none other. In fact, Jesus would have given entirely new meaning to the “runner’s high.”
Chad’s #1: Distance running requires one to endure great pain. Jesus’ death on the cross was the ultimate endurance of pain.
Chad’s #2: Jesus knew history. The contemporary Greeks ran races. And, more importantly, so did Elijah the prophet.
Brian’s #2: The New Testament offers powerful analogies, the likes of which Jesus would have understood and appreciated in His contemporary culture.
Brian’s #3: Distance races include a moment of presence for spectators, most of whom also provide encouragement without even knowing the runners.
Chad’s #3: Distance running is an individual sport where one relies on oneself, but most distance running occurs within supportive communities.
Chad: Distance runners build up physical callous on their feet. That means they don’t feel the pain that most feel. Jesus would not have wanted to develop calloused feet, preventing Him from feeling the pain of those with Him.
Brian: It causes too much needless wear and tear on the body.