In the last few weeks, emotional earthquakes rocked the Richter scale in several countries and United State cities. Two major sports spectaculars were occurring simultaneously. The world cup was happening in Brazil and the National Basket Ball league best player was deciding where he would be playing next. Work productivity fell as folks took long lunches or left work early to catch every second of the games. Social media was abuzz with arguments as to where LeBron James would work next.
The first earthquake tremor was felt when host country Brazil was trounced by the ultimate world cup winner, Germany. A season of national shame and mourning sprung up from the stinging defeat. A few days later a second major tremor happened in Miami when LeBron James decided to return home to Cleveland.
The affinity that folks have with their team and sport stars can be heartbreaking. But somehow even when they disappoint, we quickly forgive because their exposure to sustainable hope is so fleeting. I cannot help but think of God’s commitment to provide a deep, sustainable hope for each of us.
The book of Hebrews 1:1-2 give a solid review of Jesus’ mission. In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.
Jesus was very caring even His most dire moments. He made provision for our salvation and our loss of His personal presence. He shared the gift of the abiding Holy Spirit in His absence and made the sure promise of His return.
He will return for Cleveland, Miami, Washington DC, Brazil, Germany, Argentina, and personally for you and me who chose Him as Savior.
Sure sports offer us much thrilling moments. However, these are fleeting moments and pale in significance to our eternal hope of Jesus’ return. May we anchor our hope on this most solid rock.
(by Chris Daley)