Text: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57
One week ago the Panthers of Northern Iowa University were poised to storm the court in joy over their second upset win of the basketball tournament. This was going to be an even bigger upset as they were about to beat the much higher ranked Aggies of Texas A&M. But in a historic comeback for the ages, Texas A&M erased a ten point deficit in the last 30 seconds of the game, tied the game, and then went on to a stunning victory in the second overtime. The Texas A&M team and fans went nuts over the unexpected victory. The Northern Iowa team and fans had faces that were stunned, shocked, and streaming with tears.
This is why many refer to this college basketball tournament as March Madness. You never know what might happen. Even if you don’t like sports, you have to appreciate a team of college kids pouring their hearts out in competition. Those who taste defeat are crushed and heartbroken. Those who taste victory are overcome with joy.
Could you ever imagine though, a team that didn’t understand or appreciate their victory? What if the Texas A&M fans were dead silent and didn’t cheer at all at the end of the game thinking, “What’s the big deal? Why is our team so excited?” What if Peyton Manning in his swan song Super Bowl victory had no pep in his step, no pump of his fist, not even a smile on his face? What if an Olympian at the coming summer games in Rio won andevent or race but just walked away without standing atop the podium and receiving the gold medal? What if the news media didn’t think the Olympics were a big deal and didn’t report the winners? What if we Americans completely ignored what those athletes will accomplish on our behalf at the Olympics? That would all be crazy, wouldn’t it? That would never happen. Read the rest of this entry