Early in the Book of Matthew, Jesus delivers His most famous sermons of His entire ministry, the Sermon on the Mount. It lasts several chapters but then ends with some amazing advice.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” (Matt 7:24-29)
He spent most of three chapters teaching people what it meant to really follow God’s Law. He even pointed out that because it is physically impossible for any man to live up to that requirement, He did it for us and fulfilled the Law. He also warned us of the people who say they know and listen to Jesus but there’s no ‘fruit on the tree’.
Well, this past Sunday, we in Seattle got to observe how some fans have built their life around football and other have built their life around Christ (but still enjoy football). For those who’s life was football, their foundation of sand got washed away with that last second interception, that deflated the Seahawk’s dreams of a repeat. You can see their facebook posts and twitter rants blaming everyone they can imagine.
However, those of us who love the Seahawks, but love Jesus more (this includes Quarterback Russell Wilson by the way), have a foundation built on rock. Yes we still face disappointment in the result of the game but in the end, it was just a game. In the end, God deserves the glory. And now, with Russell Wilson demonstrating his faith through failure, Christ is glorified even more.
My life is the same today as it would have been had the Hawks won on Sunday. The ultimate SuperBowl of life has already been won by Jesus Christ. His victory is assured. There will be no interception, no fumble, nothing. He wins!
Amen to that!