Wednesday, February 10, 2010

When the Saints Go Marchin' In...

The New Orlean Saints BEAT the Indianapolis Colts this past Super Bowl Sunday.

The Saints were the underdog.

They were not supposed to win.

Seems they were not told.

Not only did they win, but the final score was "smack your face" ironic: it was predicted that the Colts would win by 10 points or more.

The final score: SAINTS 31, COLTS 17.

What was doubly awesome was that the Saints took risks - and they paid off - BARELY.

The Instant Playback Review was used on three separate occasions to make sure the referees had made the right call.

They did.

It was also a very clean game with only a handful of penalities. The Saints played with great discipline and determination, coming from behind in the third quarter.

You see, these games are really TWO games - the first half and the second half.

The Saints could not get ahead in the first half, but they stayed close on the Colts tail.

In the second half, you watched them take command. They had learned their lessons. They were ready to capitalize on their running game, their huge linemen, their agile running backs who on several occasions broke tackles to go another 3, 5 or 15 yards.

What sealed their comeback was a picture perfect interception - and guys, Manning can THROW with stunning precision - that was run downfield 70 plus yards for a touchdown.

Spiritual metaphor?

Isn't obvious?

Don't ever count the saints [i.e. believers in Christ] as down and out.

They are the underdogs only for the time being.

On the Big Day, they win. And win big, baby.

Romans 8:26-39
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died — more than that, who was raised to life — is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
"For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

God loves his saints. If they stay on target, they cannot lose, for He fights for them.


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