Faith musings from the seat of a forklift.
The Superbowl is just a week away. If you work in shipping or if you are a retailer, then you are probably seeing quite a bit of soda and potato chips. This is always good for business. Let’s face it, people really love the big game at the end of the season.
Sadly, it seems that some people take it to an extreme. Perhaps you’ve seen it. Yes, all those sweatshirts, t-shirts, ball caps (I never could understand ball caps and football), and all sorts of other junk. Yes, I said it, junk. The dedication that some people have to football and their local teams borders on idolatry. Yes, even the most devote, beer swilling atheist will be rooting for their team. Yep. People are often so devoted to their teams that it is almost religious. Seriously, it matters little if its the Superbowl or the World Series, the devotion is there.
The debates regarding which teams should be playing continue. Additionally, so too do the debates regarding who will win. Yet, there is another Big Game coming. This one is even more important, and so too is who has won it.
Wait! What? How can a game be won before it has even come?
That is easier than one could imagine. In John 16:33, Christ Jesus tells his disciples very clearly that he has overcome the world. The context here is with regards to the disciples being scattered, and yet also he tells them they will have tribulation. Despite that, he tells them to take heart, because of his having overcome the world. This is only possible because he knew what lay ahead and what the outcome would be.
Many modern Christians are focused on “end times”. No surprise. We are all anxious about the future. Especially when it comes to God’s final plans. Yet, there really is nothing to be anxious be about. God already has this one.
That’s right. God’s got this one completely in the bag. We need only look to the cross. At the cross, Christ Jesus overcame sin, death, and Satan himself. There is nothing we can or need to do. The victory belongs to Christ. All we need is to trust Christ Jesus, believing in his sacrifice on the cross and his words regarding baptism and holy communion.
Big games come and go. This is a regular cycle. Only one big game truly matters though, and its already been won. We need not worry about the tribulation period, Christ has overcome. We can take confidence in this, and we are not worshipping some sports team.
I nothing personal against professional sports. I just happen to believe that the Lord God and his holy word, the Bible, are just more important. There is nothing sinful about enjoying sports. Just bear in mind that professional sports and champions don’t last forever. Just ask the Chicago Cubs about it, as their last World Series was back during the Ottoman Empire. However, God’s word is eternal and his victory everlasting.Act
When the final big game comes, who side are you on?
“Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.
Just in case you were wondering how intense this year’s Superbowl really is, check this out from Relevant Magazine: