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Djokovic is ‘being crucified like Jesus’

Novak Djokovic's father at a press conference in Belgrade has likened his son's treatment in Australia to the crucifixion of Jesus, saying "They crucified Jesus and now they are trying to crucify Novak the same way."

Whatever you believe about the rights and wrongs of his case and the insistence of the Australians that he has a vaccination certificate before entry: to liken it to the crucifixion of Jesus is ludicrous. Even if you did believe that Djokovic was the victim of some political persecution.

I find it hard to see how any tennis player however good on and off the court, could liken their life and trials to that of Jesus, and as a Christian I find it quite insulting!

Jesus’ crucifixion was not simply because of the political authorities turning on him – his crucifixion was a giving up of his life in an agonising way so that you and I could have our sins wiped out and have a relationship with God. ”God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).

Jesus died for people who had lost their way. He did not die because it was forced upon him. It was a choice. A choice made in love for you and for me.

Novak Djokovic is known to be a member of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and this makes it all the more puzzling in his stand off against vaccination. Especially when we have so many exhortations in Scripture “to look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4) - and this is surely what being vaccinated does.

Whatever else may be happening, Novak Djokovic is not being crucified.

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