Rejoicing in the god of Football

Football Stained Glass“Tonight, there are going to be millions of people rejoicing over a bunch of millionaires beating another bunch of millionaires in a football game.”
(Corey Fronk)

In light of the amount of worship that will occur tonight, Super Bowl Sunday, over the god of football, how much do we, Christians, rejoice in God?  Do we have the same ecstasy over God as we do in the Super Bowl (or any other event or activity that gets us excited)?

Consider Romans 5:11 (ESV): “More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”  As exciting as it is to watch two talented teams pound it out for four quarters (don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a good football game, too), when compared to the awesome reconciliation that God provides for us through our Lord Jesus Christ, the god of football is less awe-inspiring as a game of pee-wee football.

The above is just one verse.  Now consider all that is provided for us by God in Jesus Christ in Romans 5:1-11 (ESV).

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Justification.  Peace. Hope. Glory. Reconciliation. And more!  When we stop to consider all that God has done for us, all that we could never do on our own, how can we not rejoice?  More than that, Romans 5:11 tell us to not simply rejoice in what God has done for us through Jesus Christ, but to rejoice in God himself!  We rejoice in the Person of God because the he is the One who not only has done marvelous things for us, but is the Marvelous One.



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