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On April 23rd those of us that are English might consider celebrating St George’s Day. The legend of St George slaying the dragon (often seen as representing evil) and saving the princess is now part of our history and culture although it might surprise you to know that George was not even English and the dragon was of Spanish origin! Anyway, the story goes that there was a dragon attacking the kingdom. Scared to death, the inhabitants decided to give two lambs every day to the dragon to satisfy its hunger. But when the animals became scarce it was decided to send a person, chosen by drawing lots, and a lamb.

One day a princess was chosen by drawing lots to accompany the lamb. Whilst on the way to the cave of the dragon, the princess found a knight named George who slew the dragon and rescued her.

Having just celebrated Easter I am thankfully reminded that my hope of rescue from evil (or the dragon) and certain death, was not based on some daily lottery draw or even some brave knight, but on the sacrifice of the true Lamb, Jesus Christ, who slew the dragon (evil) once for all on the cross!

Whilst I don’t want to appear unpatriotic, the cross of St George just doesn’t compare with the Cross of Christ Jesus. So, if you celebrate St George’s Day this month, don’t forget who it was who really slew the evil dragon and thank Him as well.

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and praise!” Revelation 5:12

Tony Marrett

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