Knowing the Real Winner…
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4 )
This past week, I played a lot of hockey. Four games at the rink plus three pond hockey games. Three of the four games were part of a hockey tournament — where my team lost all of our games against Tignish, Summerside and Alberton. The scores were somewhat telling — 9-0, 6-0 and 9-1. (There was some satisfaction in the last game because I was able to at least score one goal!!) But sadly, our regular season game was not any better. In fact, we lost 5-0 against the other Sherwood team.
All in all, my team and goalie probably faced upwards of 200 shots against them. I know that my defence partner and I blocked at least 40-50 of these shots — just this weekend alone. So that means Chayse and I will be feeling some pain for a while. Not just from the humiliation of losing every game in a row but in continually being on guard for our team players which means being strained beyond our initial potential.
This got me thinking. I started connecting the struggles that we endure in hockey against the backdrop of our Lord God and Saviour shedding His blood on a cross for you and I. But in the latter example, admittedly, we can never feel the pain and humiliation the Lord felt while He was on the cross. This was a place where He willingly died for us — the human race — so that our sins could be forgiven. Jesus once said, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)
As a team, each player brings the same kind of mindset to the game, albeit, we do not actually die. What we try to do is make sure that the other players are protected in the game. However, the Lord Jesus took pain and humiliation and caring for one another one step further. He died for us even before we knew Him. He died while we were still His enemies.
Therefore, He did not just take all the shots that were pitted against Him, but He loved us enough to similarly, become our Saviour.