Last week, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series by defeating the Kansas City Royals in 7 games. Winning just one major sports championship is an incredible accomplishment, but the Giants have won 3 of the last 5 championships! As a kid, you grow up with many dreams and aspirations (mine was to play in the NBA; I grew up, and was only 5’11” tall, with a 25” vertical jump, and that wasn’t going to get me very far). A lot of us had big dreams of winning championships or titles or pageants.
But here’s the question you never asked as a kid: what happens after you win?
You work so hard for so many years to become the best in the world, and then what? You celebrate for a day or two, and then you realize that there is next season and you have to prove that you are the best again. Aren’t we supposed to feel satisfied and complete after having been labeled “the greatest?”
No, we want more. We are never satisfied. Listen to what Tom Brady, quarterback of the New England Patriots said in an interview a few years ago:
"Why do I have three Super Bowl rings and still think there's something greater out there for me? I mean, maybe a lot of people would say, 'Hey man, this is what is.' I reached my goal, my dream, my life. Me, I think, 'God, it's got to be more than this.' I mean this isn't, this can't be what it's all cracked up to be."
Tom Brady has won 3 Super Bowls, been the MVP twice, has been named the Athlete of the Year in all of sports, has dated/married super models, and has millions of dollars to his name, but yet he still isn’t satisfied!
We can play the part here on earth of winning little championships here and there in life, but the ultimate Championship has been won by someone else. There is a Championship that does satisfy, that does not need to be repeated. If you were posed with the question of whether you wanted a.) to win a baseball World Series, or b.) end death and erase all evil, it would be a no-brainer for you. We want to do good, but we aren’t capable of doing so with our sinful nature. The ultimate Championship would be to defeat death and live forever. It’s amazing that the God-man Jesus Christ left his throne in heaven 2000 years ago and came to earth to win the ultimate Championship for us so that we could live forever. Jesus stands victorious over death and Satan.
In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul tells us about that victory: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We, the crowd, should go wild and celebrate the championship that we all wish we could’ve won! Instead of heading home after the championship to continue on with life, this Champion asks us to join him in celebration for eternity, and to tell all our friends and family to come and celebrate as well! Let’s celebrate today, and every day, that Jesus has come and defeated death and won the ultimate Championship for us!