“The Person I look up to ultimately is Jesus Christ. That’s why I am where I am today.” –Russell Wilson
Even if you’re not a football fan, if you’ve been anywhere near a computer or TV in the past couple of days, you should know by now that the Seattle Seahawks won their first ever Super Bowl in their nearly 40-year history on Sunday. This victory is huge for the city and for the entire Pacific Northwest, as no Seattle sports team has won a national title since 1979.
It’s so huge, in fact, that many fans, including myself, found it hard to process. After the game was over, the group of friends I watched with and I all sat for a good 20 minutes, completely stunned, wondering if what we had just seen had really happened. We had spent four hours hoping, cheering, yelling, and, when it began to look fairly certain that the Seahawks would win, fearing that there could still be an upset. When the final score was announced officially we could barely believe it. The next morning, after too little sleep, I even went to several major news sites as soon as I woke up to make sure it hadn’t been a dream. It just seemed too good to be true.
But it is.
Winning the Super Bowl is huge. It’s amazing, one of the greatest achievements anyone can accomplish, the greatest achievement in American sports, period. But according to these Seahawks players, seen here in an interview before the NFC Championship game, there is something even greater:
It seems cliche because we hear it so often, but Jesus is amazing. He is greater than anything we can imagine. He achieved what no one else has ever been or will ever be able to achieve.
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” –Colossians 1:13-17
This Man, this God, this Supreme Being is everything we’ve longed for and searched for. He is the one who created us and loves us infinitely and unconditionally. He is the One who sacrificed everything to give us the chance to love Him.
What if the magnitude of Jesus’ love for us and His work on the cross for our salvation caused us to be so stunned that we could do nothing but sit in awe of Him? He seems too good to be true.
But He is.