May 31 2008
Bottom line. If I watch sports on TV, you can almost guarantee I will become angry with a referee or ump at some point during the game. I’m not alone. In fact, whole crowds often chant demeaning, curse-ridden tirades at referees for making bad calls. Nuts and bolts and sheep.
The reaction of fans (or myself) is never in proportion with the event. After all, it’s just a game. At base, though, the reaction is in response to the miscarriage of justice. Seems weighty, huh? A ref misses a call and it’s injustice? I think so.
Essentially, refs and umps are judges. They are weighing the “evidence” of what they see and making “judgment” calls on what has occurred. And we go crazy when they get it wrong.
Remember the OJ trial? Chris Rock said it best, “Black people too happy. White people too mad.” The courts and the miscarriages of justice there have been cause for some of the juiciest stories in the news. They make for some of the best movies. They evoke emotion.
I want you to consider something. Jesus Christ. You may or may not believe in Him or the story of His life. But for those who do, we believe He lived a perfect life. Perfect. And He ended up on the Cross. He was beaten, flogged, whipped, forced to carry his own “electric chair” to the execution site. A perfect man was murdered on that day – the biggest miscarriage of justice ever. Jesus exclaims, “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?” We should be indignant that such a miscarriage of justice took place.
But there was no miscarriage. Jesus Christ, hanging on the Cross, was punished for what He represented. Yes, HE lived a perfect life. But WE have not. We DO not. And it was OUR sin that was placed on Him. Jesus was taking our place. He represented us. He became our High Priest – offering a sacrifice for the sins of all people. The justice of punishment for sin was borne by this perfect man. God did not forsake Jesus. He forsook what Jesus represented – us. On that day, God was forsaking us.
And this is why Jesus deserves to be worshiped. What must people have thought who saw this perfect man made suffer His impending death for hours? That is our death. God the Father, The Judge, did this. He did it to satisfy the demands of justice – that sin be punished. But God the Father, The Lover and Merciful, and Jesus the Son simultaneously demonstrated their love and mercy for all humanity.
The next time you get mad at a ref or ump, calm your soul. That rage and sin that erupts in our hearts is the reason He died. Remember the justice that Jesus has borne for us. Imagine Him bleeding on the Cross for you – for your friends and family. For that ref. The game means nothing. Your soul means everything. Don’t see the game as so important. It’s not. See Jesus today. See Him and let your rage be gone. Let worship fill you.
“Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.’” (John 11:25)
“What can wash away my sin?
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus
Oh, precious is the flow
That makes us white snow
No other fount I know
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.”