So Who Did the Chiefs Play?

First, let me be clear that this is not a post about my-team-is-better-than-yours. While I am personally thrilled that the Chiefs won the Super Bowl, I feel obligated to include that Sunday’s game was the only NFL game I watched all year, and this would be as true from either perspective.

At some point on Sunday night, I got to thinking about all of the talent, skills, passion, and payroll that the two teams on the field represented. (This is true of any professional sport and any game.) And despite all of those wonderful things represented on that field, half of those players were going to go home as losers. Talented? Yes. Passionate? Definitely. Well-paid? More than they deserve. And yet despite all of that, losers. Because of that, the viewpoint of Super Bowl LIV will always be the one that the Chiefs won, and not the one that the other guys, whoever they were, lost. While the players and stakeholders of the losing team may lament the loss and ponder what might have been, there was only one place with a victory celebration so big that it was detected by weather radar. (That really happened.)

The world, our community, and the church is well represented with lots of intellect, talent, skills, passion, and a spiritual payroll that is out of this world (cf. Romans 6:23). Thanks to the bountiful blessings of a benevolent God, with the blood of Jesus, every person is a potential winner. The celebration in heaven boggles the imagination (cf. Luke 15:10). (Angels, however, are not detected by radar.) Your name can be in the Book of Life (Philippians 4:3), and a crown of life is of much higher repute than even a Super Bowl ring (cf. James 1:12; Revelation 2:10).

Inevitably, unfortunately, lamentably, on the Day of Judgment there will be those who lose. All of the intellect, talent, skills, passion, and money in the world cannot be used to obtain the victory in Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:57) unless you are IN Jesus. While the Bible never uses the word “loser,” isn’t that what being “lost” implies? And if Jesus says to us, “I never knew you, depart from me” (Matthew 7:23), that would mean that despite having been given the advantages, gifts, and privileges administered by Jesus’ coming to earth, we would be the other guys, the ones who aren’t recorded in God’s book of life, the ones pondering what might have been. The losers.

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