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Unsung Hero II

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Unsung Hero II


Philippians 2:3 – Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.

John 15:12-13 – This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

Ephesians 5:1-2 – Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

Isaiah 53:4-5 – Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed.

     Last year my family and I were watching a college hockey game when a 2 minute penalty was called on the goalie of the home team. As a former coach, I immediately looked at the bench to see how the coach would handle the situation, as he had the responsibility to assign one of his players to go to the box and serve the 2 minute penalty that the goalie just took. What happened next left me surprised and convicted, as I witnessed a selfless act by one of the Air Force Academies players who was sitting in the bench. As the coach looked up and down the bench for the player who he felt he didn’t need to kill the penalty, one player stood up and volunteered to serve the penalty for his teammate. I can only imagine the conversation… “Coach, I will serve the penalty, pick me”. In 8 years of college coaching and 4 years of playing in college, I never witnessed a player willing to serve the penalty for someone else’s violation, a truly selfless act, one worthy of the title “Unsung Hero”.

     As we read in the gospels, this is exactly what Jesus Christ did for us. He chose to serve the penalty for our sins, for our violations that we have committed, and those that we will commit. He turned to His Father and said, “Father pick me, I will serve the punishment for all who have turned and sinned against You”. Matthew 26:42 – “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done”.

Have you allowed Jesus Christ to serve your penalty?  Is He your Unsung Hero… someone who disregarded his own wellbeing so that you could live in eternity with Him forever? If not, turn to Him today, admit your sins, ask for forgiveness and turn from them, your game and life will never be the same.

1 John 1:9 – If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us all unrighteousness.

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