July 5, 2021
By Editorial Team
Emilio Flores Márquez from Puerto Rico, 112 years (Source: Gunness world records)
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” Paul in Gal 2:20
Last week the newspapers were abuzz with the news of the world’s oldest man Emilio Flores Marquez at 112 years and 326 days. In itself it’s unremarkable and is part of an yearly records gig at Guinness book of World records. World’s tallest man, heaviest man, fastest woman, oldest mom, youngest chess Grandmaster, Worlds tallest tower, tiniest wrist watch all these comprise the tome as we all know. In our home it was an annual affair for my dad to buy Guinness book of world records and Malayalam Manorama yearbook. That’s how I won many Quizzes at School and University levels.
However, what caught my eye, was the interview with him. People usually give the lines like, I eat fish, I walk 3 miles everyday, I drink 2L of water and such. But look at what this man said.
“My father raised me with love, loving everyone. He always told me and my siblings to do good, to share everything with others. Besides, Christ lives in me“
Here are a few facts about Emilio Flores Marquez. “Born on August 8, 1908, in Carolina, Puerto Rico, Márquez is the second-oldest of 11 children born to his parents. From a very young age, Emilio helped his father on their sugarcane farm. He was often responsible for watering and loading the sugarcane on to wagons for transport. As the first-born son in his family, he was also in charge of carrying out household chores and helping to care for his nine surviving siblings.
Emilio was married for 75 years to the love of his life, Andrea Perez, who passed away in 2010. They had a family of four children, of which two are still alive and well. He now has five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. What an amazing life, and a testimony that his faith is still intact at ~113 years and more. (Source: Guinness World Records).
Here are a few things that we need to do if Christ lives in us.
Whether we live to a hundred or fifty, it is important to do the will of God and give yourself wholly to the Lord. Know your assignment on earth and accomplish it.
Whatever your lot is, the world is passing away with its lusts thereof, but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:17. As Derek Prince said, being alive is less important that doing the will of God. They overcame him by the Blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony and they loved not their lives unto death. Rev 12:11.
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