Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 - G.O.A.T.

I was just reading through some of the statistical categories for the NBA. It was triggered by seeing a headline about who the frontrunners are for the MVP (even though the season is only ¼ of the way through.) This is something every year that is debated by sports enthusiasts; each offering opinions on why one is good; usually followed by opinions as to why someone else’s choice is a bum. How silly fans are... as they tend to belittle other great players in order to build up their favorites.  (Of course it is not just the MVP race being debated; we also saw Kobe pass MJ on the all-time scoring list… sparking discussions of who the G.O.A.T. [greatest of all time is].)

Well I won’t waste weekly devotion time to debate the basketball MVP or  G.O.A.T. (even though I do know the correct answer to the MVP and the G.O.A.T.)… Instead we will look at life’s G.O.A.T…

All over the world there are religious opinions based upon religious leaders claiming to have the answers. Throughout the centuries mankind has expressed its view of God or the gods, and leaders have expressed their ideas of how to appease God or the gods.  Yet in a very dramatic change, a completely different message came forth a couple thousand years ago that literally divided time…

The Biblical message of the angel appearing to the shepherds is a drastic change in religious thought. Instead of a proclamation of what man must do, the angel proclaimed that God has come to be with us. (Immanuel = God with us) But this wasn’t a message of God visiting in order to crush man but instead it is God visiting, in the form of a baby, in order to bring peace and salvation.

Luke 2 tells us very clearly that the “good news” is the fact that God has saved the day! The G.O.A.T. is Jesus! He split time! He played a “perfect game”! He paid for sin on the cross of Calvary and rose again to offer new life – victory through His finished work.

I don’t care what you think about Kobe, MJ, or LeBron… it is ultimately what you do with this Jesus that matters! His identity is at the core of the Christian message. From the announcement to the shepherds that he is the Savior, the Messiah (Luke 2)… to Him coming to His own and only some receiving who He is (John 1)… to asking Peter who people say He is… all the way to Pilate asking who He truly is and dying due to His claim of deity, this is the core issue to believing in His finished work for salvation!

CHRISTmas is the celebration of the entrance of the Greatest Of All Time into the game of life. He came as a babe proving He is approachable… not just for an autograph but to be embraced! How about if we talk more about Him than our sports heroes during this CHRISTmas season (and beyond)? How about if we don’t just talk about Him but instead invite people to meet Him… just like the angel did to the shepherds? Remember it is “good news that shall be to all people!”

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