THE SUPER BOWL
Super Bowl number fifty is only a few days away. It will be played Sunday, February 7, 2016. It features the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. It is traditionally one the most watched television programs of the year with over 100 million viewers. It has almost become a national holiday in our country. I read where the ten most watched programs in TV history are all Super Bowls. In a culture that worships winners, the team who wins the Super Bowl will be heroes. The losers will be zeroes. The winners will reap. The losers will weep. In the Super Bowl there will be winners and there will be losers.
As Christians, it is an entirely different “game” with us. Every Sunday is a Super Sunday. We meet, not to play or watch a football game, but to celebrate a victory that has already been won. The Super Bowl champs get money, but we have something that money cannot buy. The winning Super Bowl team will get a Vince Lombardi Trophy that will serve to remind them in the years to come of the victory they have won. Every time they look at the Trophy it will remind them of the victory they won in the 50th annual Super Bowl. And every Sunday when we meet to gather around the Lord’s Table, and partake of the bread and the cup, we are reminded of the victory that has already been won for us by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross (1 Cor. 11:23ff; Acts 20:7). Unlike the players in the Super Bowl, we are both losers and winners. We are losers because we can never get it right ourselves. We try to live right, but we always come up short (Rom. 3:23). Like all football players who miss blocks, miss tackles, fumble the ball, drop the passes, and sometimes run the wrong way, we never get it ALL right. But when we look at the scoreboard, the game is over, and we have won because of what Jesus has done. The Lord’s Supper, which we observe every Sunday in memory of the cross, is much like a Super Bowl Trophy…it serves to remind us that, even when we are losers, we are winners.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the VICTORY through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57, NKJV).