The NHL playoffs have begun and I’m a tad excited. I really enjoy hockey. It’s fast paced, intense, kinda dangerous, and on TV every night! Unfortunately, I’m not home every night to watch the six hours of NHL hockey. It would probably be better if I were playing six hours of hockey per night… but I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be interested in the games and I’d not be able to get out of bed for a week.
The Playoffs are “sudden death” or, more optimistically, “sudden life”. Players, coaches, and fans all know that if they lose the series, then they are finished. It’s over. Get out the golf clubs.
For many players, there may only be one chance in their career to get a chance to play in the Stanley Cup Finals, and each year 29 out of the 30 teams fall short of the glory of the Cup. Twenty-nine teams are losers. It’s not a very nice or fair system.
The Bible teaches that all of us fall short of the glory of God…in other words, every single one of us is a loser. Only one player ever has lived His life in such a way as to win, but he ended up drinking from the cup that took his life. However, the amazing thing about Jesus’ victory is that He invites the rest of the players on the planet to share in the victory! Which then means that every one of us who simply joins Jesus’ team actually ends up sharing in the victory and, in other words, is a winner! We all end up experiencing sudden life!
Pastor Joell Haugan
CBWC Church Planting Advisory Team