Today the Green Bay Packers run for the Superbowl ended in just a few short minutes. It was a game they seemed to be in control of, but then the wheels fell off. Up 16 to 0 at the half it looked like their game. Even after the Sea Hawks scored a touchdown on a great punter pass to the end zone. But in less then 60 seconds the entire flow of the game changed as Seattle scored three times giving them the lead in the game for the first time ever. While there was a flicker of hope at the end of regulation, the game, in overtime ended with a Sea Hawk victory.
I was speechless, and that does not happen very often. I’m sure if my blood pressure was taken at that moment, it would not have been good. The game is over, in fact the season is over for Packer fans until next fall. So what do we do now? Well I go to my office and write a blog post about the end of the season. Tomorrow I will return to work and life will go on.
I am a long time Packer Fan, but I have been a Christ follower even longer.
“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.
Psalm 39:7 (NIV)
My life, hope and identity are not tied up in a team of people I have never met, even though I personally know several team owners. My hope is in the one who stands undefeated as living Lord of all creation. The words of the familiar hymn came to mind after the loss today, “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness.”
So if we ant to talk about Victory today – here is victory:
I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed– in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (NIV)
Yea so I lost a football season, I have a Victory that can never be taken away!