The Greatest Event in the World
THE GREATEST EVENT
The World Cup is a magical event when it rolls round every four years. It is the defining tournament in every player or manager's career and consequently there is no tournament more full of emotion and intrigue than the World Cup.
We can all think of great moments, depending on your nationality! Last minute winners, rivals being vanquished or for the select few, finals being won. We can also all remember moments of controversy, pain or heartache. The World Cup is full of many different stories, often told and sung about for years after.
Alongside the Olympics it can rightly be classed as 'The Greatest Event in the World.' As Christians though, as much as we love the World Cup, we do think there is an even greater event worth thinking about. The same words we use to talk about the World Cup can also all be applied to the amazing story of Jesus Christ.
As Jesus came to earth, throughout his life, people asked the question of if this man was the long-awaited king who so many had waited for.
God loved us so much that he sent his own son to die in our place. What greater demonstration of his passionate love do we have?
Jesus divided opinions when he was living and this has continued for centuries. People have always debated was this man just a good teacher, a mad man or the son of God?
When Jesus came to earth he was beaten, scorned, shamed and crucified. He went to the cross for the sake of those whom the father loved and he died in their place - what greater sign of commitment to his people is there?
The cross was brutal and not only was there real physical pain for Jesus but he took on the weight of the sins of the world on his shoulders and experienced abandonment as he took the punishment for our sin on the cross.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins but death could not hold him. He defeated death and rose again from the grave, proving he is who he said he was and that he had authority to forgive sins and the power to beat death and offer us eternal life.
All of this can be summed up in a verse from the Bible that spectators over the years have held up throughout the World Cup tournament.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Jesus coming to earth, dying in our place and rising again is the greatest event of all time.
Will you now discover the greatest event of all time for yourself?
If you want to find out more:
- Read one of the gospels, the biographies of Jesus. You can find them here.
- Speak to a Christian friend and ask them any questions you might have
- Find a local church. Use a search engine to find a church local to you. In the UK the Evangelical Alliance has a good tool to do this.