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There's never "next year." 

Considering the temporary nature of SOME victories. 

How could this happen? 

 

One year ago today, Cubs third basement picked up a weak grounder and tossed it to Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Longtime Cubs broadcaster Pat Hughes shouted the words I had waited my entire life to hear,

 

“It’s in time! And the Chicago Cubs have won the World Series!!!”

 

A victor was crowned! The team celebrated. I celebrated. A city celebrated. Fans around the world celebrated. The coronation ceremony became the seventh largest gathering of humans in recorded history. 

 

All year long, the Cubs have been “The Defending World Series Champions!” 

 

So, how could this happen? 

 

Two days ago, the Houston Astros celebrated. Their sports announcer proclaimed, “The Houston Astros have won the World Series!” Worse yet, the Cubs were eliminated in the National League Championship Series and didn’t even make it back to defend their title. 

 

So, how could this happen? 

 

They looked sluggish all year. The Cubs hitting was lackluster, and their pitchers walked more batters than any team in baseball. The Dodgers dominated them in every category in the NLCS. Most sports commentators said that they were exhausted from three straight postseason runs and didn’t have anything left in the tank. Honestly, the Dodgers and Astros were far better teams this year. This morning, all Cubs fans can do is return to our long-standing mantra, 

 

"There's always next year!"

 

I was reminded this morning, as I watched highlights of last year’s victory, of something I wrote last year. 

 

Every coronation ceremony is temporary. Except one!

 

Mary was told by the angel (who had a better gig than Pat Hughes ever will), 

 

"And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  Luke 1:31–33. 

 

In a wonderful sermon, the author of Hebrews (eclipsing even Vin Scully) reminds us of who Jesus is, 

 

“He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.” Hebrews 1:3-4

 

And, at the end of his ministry, John the Revelator (far surpassing even Harry Caray) confirms the reality of Jesus,

 

“They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”  Rev. 17:14

 

Sure, I am disappointed that the Cubs did not repeat as World Series Champs. But whatever disappointment we have about the inability for our heroes to maintain their temporary crown of victory must be exponentially tempered by the truth that Christ reigns forever as the King of steadfast love and mercy. 

 

Unlike any other heroes we might have, Jesus’ entire life, and his victory, was dedicated to reconciling you to God, “after making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.”

 

Jesus is never sluggish or exhausted from the previous year's work. He never gets out of his groove and needs to work on his mechanics. Jesus never tires from upholding the universe by the word of his power or holding all things together (Col 1:15-20). Jesus never takes a day off from interceding for us (Rom. 8:34). 

 

How could this happen? 

 

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, so that, whoever believes in him will NEVER perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16 – as seen at many Super Bowls)

 

Every Sunday, we are part of a gathering of people who come together to celebrate the one and only person who’s kingdom will never end. 

 

A victor who is truly worthy of our worship!

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