I watched the Super Bowl with my family last night, not because I’m the biggest football fan. It’s what my daughter and I do in my house with my husband and two boys. My husband and our eldest are the Atlanta Falcon’s fans in our family so when it’s their team’s big chance to win it all, you watch the game and you root with them. And boy, were we excited going into the half, the Falcons up 21-3 and looking great. The Patriots looked so out of sorts, we thought, okay this could really be the Falcons time. It wasn’t.
They went downhill and the Patriots, doing what they do best, came out with the win. It got real quiet, real quick, and my son shed some tears. After my husband consoled him and the kids got situated for the night, my husband went off to get ready for the work week and I tidied up in the kitchen.
When I finished, I received Communion. Holding the bread and the cup, the first words out of my mouth were, “I’m so thankful that anyone who puts their hope in you, Jesus, will not be disappointed.” Then I thought about our excitement over how good the Falcons looked going into the half—but they couldn’t close it out with the win.
But then there’s Jesus. Everything put on his shoulders to do, He saw it through to the end. Your salvation, healing, deliverance—everything you needed restored to you. He took it upon himself and got it done.
All of it.
When He promises you that by His stripes you are healed, you can stand on it without fear of disappointment. When He says the shedding of His blood by grace washes believers of sin’s stain, keeping you right with God forever—you can count on it, because He handled it.
I can stand on anything he tells me because he sees everything through till the end. He never fails.
I knew that before the game started, but I relish moments like that. They put things proper perspective. That was a tough loss for the Atlanta Falcons and their fans, but in the scheme of things, if you’re in Christ, you win. You win because Jesus tackled the task and he did not fail.
Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:23, NIV