Monday, November 1, 2010

Athens Marathon October 31, 2010

Yesterday nearly 13,000 people ran past our house 4 blocks away on Marathon Blvd. It was the commemorative Athens Classic Marathon that marked 2,500 years since the battle of Marathon and that traced the course run by the fabled Greek soldier who ran to Athens to bring the news of the victory.

History records the story of how the Persian Emperor, Darius, attacked the little city of Marathon, 42 kilometres north of Athens and lost to the Athenians. Believe it or not, this was the same “King Darius” who looked down into the den of lions to see if Daniel was still alive!

Times have changed, battles haven’t. There is huge battle raging here in Greece and in the heavenlies for the precious souls of the Greek people. The fabled Pheidippides was the messenger of victory then! Today, it’s you and I who must proclaim that the victory has been won over this land. We must herald the news everywhere that victory is sure.

Thank you for persevering and “running this race” with us in prayer. The battle is dependent on you! The Kingdom of God is gaining ground here in Greece. Keep praying, keep running and proclaiming His victory!

Hebrews 12: 1-1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Johnathan Macris

1 comment:

  1. Dear Jonathan,

    Shalom! Thanks God for creating the land of Greece and Greek. God is love. While I read your message, God touched me to pray for your and your family for the rest of my life. As the Lord lead me to understand part of His will in my life, I would like to share a vision to you too.

    After several years of irregularly fasting prayers, waiting, reading the bible, meditating God's word and had missionary trips to The Republic of Ireland and Japan on 2009 and 2010, I believe and trust that the Lord set me apart to lead Irish and Japanese Christians to have short missionary trips in Greek and Turkey. This week I will finish reading the whole book of New Testament of a Japanese bible and hopefully to start reading the Old Testament next week. All glory belongs to Christ Jesus alone. We are His servants and co-workers. Hallelu Yah!

    May the Lord teach me and keep leading me to understand His Plan in Greece, Ireland and Japan. May the Lord open doors for you and me to pray together in Greece in the future. May the Lord manifest His faithfulness and kindness over the land of Greece. May the Lord shine on Greek churches and be gracious to Greek churches. In the name of Christ Jesus, amen!


    Sharona Wong