Better than a National Championship

Isaiah 38:20

The Lord will save me, and we will sing to stringed instruments all the days of our lives at the house of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:57

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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What do you do when you’ve won the contract? How do you celebrate the victory of your college football team? How do you treat your star player? It’s not likely that we went to the house of Mack Brown and sipped Mint Juleps on his front porch after the 2005 UT NCAA Football National Championship. It’s not likely that many Villanova basketball fans were at the home of the Villanova University President last night celebrating the NCAA basketball championship.

But we have all been invited to the house of the Lord to celebrate his victory over sin, death, and the devil. We all are welcome to embrace the fruits of his victory, and enjoy God’s eternal presence and favor. Perhaps that’s the challenging problem: it seems too easy, too far removed, too wide open. We don’t recognize how big Jesus’ win was. We don’t realize how great a privilege is ours to be invited to the house of God. And there is just so much life in the way of this celebration: basketball, baseball, and other sports; concerts, vacations, and road trips; parties, family reunions, and birthday parties; not to mention work projects, deadlines, and the daily grind of housework, taxes, and lawn care.

Jesus’ victory is greater than a walk-off grand slam on opening day, more important than a multi-million dollar contract, or even a clean bill of health after a long battle with cancer. When we get that through our heads and embrace the profound blessing and reality of God’s love and goodness, perhaps we will sing praise to our God, giving him thanks, glorifying him and enjoying his presence forever.

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