Monday, March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016 - 12 Down 33 Seconds To Go... Impossible?

Wow! What a comeback Texas A&M made against Northern Iowa yesterday; they were down 12 points with 33 seconds left to go in the game and came back to tie it and eventually win the game in double overtime. It was one of the greatest comebacks in tourney history…

What I loved is how they came back; they stayed true to who they are, utilizing great pressure defense and going hard to the hole. Typically a team will try to “lengthen” the game by fouling and sending the opponent to the free throw line… and then jacking up a bunch of threes. Yet Coach Kennedy and his Aggies decided to trust in who they are and what they do well! What was interesting was that afterwards the A&M players said they “were just going to fight to the end.” I loved that when it “seemed impossible” - (quote from an Aggie player) – they didn’t panic but simply trusted and believed in what the coach told them!

Today as I sat with some of my colleagues the discussion veered toward how drastically and how quickly our culture is changing, and not for the better. There is a concentrated push away from standing on any absolute truths… almost to the point that a person that believes in absolutes is looked upon as less-evolved. Is it time to panic? Or is it time to step up our game?

This “passion week” where we celebrate the journey of Christ to the cross and resurrection we can see how He handled pressure and how He told His disciples to handle the pressure…

Christ Himself simply trusted in the certainty of His destination. In John 13 we see that Christ is fully aware that “His hour had come” (13:1) relied on looking toward future victory… “He had come from God and was going to God.” (13:3) This assurance allowed Him to focus on others and the job at hand…

As for the apostles, they started to get a bit bent out of shape as they realized Jesus was not going to be with them much longer and where Jesus was going they couldn’t follow (13:33); they had found out a trader was amongst them (13:21); had been warned of personal denial of Christ (13:38); etc. So you can see things looked bleak… even impossible.

So Jesus tells them how to handle an “impossible” situation… they didn’t need to panic but trust in the outcome!

John 14:1-4 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Believer, do not be troubled… we have the Truth and in the end we win!!!

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