Matthew 28:6 “He is not here, he has risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.”
I have to admit, when the NCAA basketball tournament comes each March, I have fun. I love to pick teams on the brackets; yes I have my bracket each year. No, it’s not for money, prestige or anything else. It’s simple, I have fun trying to determine who will win the tournament, and how many of my teams will make it. Once, I picked 2 of the final 4 teams, but never have I picked all 4 of the teams that made it that far. Once it’s down to the final 16, or “Sweet 16” as it is known, it gets very interesting and fun.
Thousands of people each year do the same, but not many do it just for fun. Some people do it for money, or at least the attempt to win money. Some do it because of the love of basketball, and even more do it because they have little or nothing else in their lives. Their lives are empty, void of the real things that matter, so they cling to the tournament, their teams and other sports.
But, your teams will let you down. Your brackets can and will fail. Professional sports teams may go on strike and you won’t have a season. College teams may get caught cheating on recruiting and lose any attempt at bowl eligibility. So many variables, so many ways to fail, lots of risk taking; no wonder Las Vegas makes millions on bets.
Sometimes it would be nice to be able to know who will win the game, especially if it’s your team. Well, on this earth and with sports teams, this is impossible. But with God, nothing is impossible. I know, it sounds cliché, but it is true. Being a follower of Jesus, I have peace, comfort and hope in the Truth in the bible. Matthew 28:6 tells us that the tournament is over, that Jesus won. That He shot that 3 point shot and won the game, hit the grand slam that won the World Series, and did the Superbowl Shuffle all over evil, and won the biggest Superbowl game, our atonement. Yes, because of Jesus dying on the cross and taking on the wrath of God to pay for my sins and your sins, we are a part of this win. We, who follow Jesus and have accepted Him as our Savior are on the winning team.
Remember that feeling you got when your favorite team won their championship? I do, when the Bears defeated the Patriots in Superbowl 20 in January, 1986, I was there. It was a great feeling, but nothing compared to the feeling I got when I first realized that I am now a part of the ultimate winning team. I am part of Jesus’ church and will spend eternity with Him. Where do you stand?
Prayer for the day:
Father in heaven; please touch the hearts of those that read this. I pray for salvation for each and every person in this world that has not yet accepted the free gift of eternal life that Jesus has provided for us. Lord, as people get wrapped up in March Madness, please help open their minds to joining the winning team, Team Jesus.
In Jesus name, Amen