Well Super Bowl Sunday has arrived. Now whether one of your favorite teams is in the final NFL game of the year or not, we can all have the certainty of one thing: someone is going to win. In the time leading up to the big game, players and I must say fans of both teams are thoroughly convinced they will be taking home the trophy. Victory is their destiny. The players practiced and played hard all year and are now ready for the final game of the season. Fans have sat through hours of watching their teams battle it out over the last several months and it all comes down to this. Who will win? Who will prove themselves to be the best team in the NFL? No one knows for sure until the defining moment when the clock runs out at the end of the game and the score is displayed for all the world to see. One team will win, and one team will lose. One team will claim victory, the other will deal with defeat.
One day each of us will face another defining moment, one concerning the most decisive battle of all—the battle for our eternal soul—and in that moment, the moment we enter eternity, we will discover whether or not we chose the winning side. Yet unlike the Super Bowl, we don’t know the day or the hour that moment will come. We must deal with that decision now.
So which is the winning side? It’s what you see written on the banners waving among the fans at every football game as far back as anyone can remember, “John 3:16” which is God’s promise: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
And yet when we look back at Jesus’ final moments, all appeared lost as He hung dying on the cross; many of His fans deserted Him, gave up hope, never expecting a miracle. But that’s precisely what happened. Jesus was raised from the dead and in that moment, He defeated our final enemy, death itself: “The last enemy to be destroyed is death…Death is swallowed up in victory.” (1 Corinthians 15: 26, 54)
Don’t wait until your defining moment to know the outcome of your eternity. You can decide today to embrace the winner; embrace Jesus, choose victory. It’s what you were created for! “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 15:57).
Is victory your destiny?