March Madness – SCOTT SANFORD – MARCH 25, 2015

Romans 3:21, But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

The NCAA basketball tournament is underway and we are in the middle of March Madness. Sports fans go crazy this time every year as they put together and follow their brackets. This practice has become so widespread that it has been given its own name of “Bracketology.”

The first round of the bracket certainly didn’t go well for me, or for any of the Texas teams they all lost their first game and are out of the tournament.

Sometimes people put their spiritual lives in a type of bracket and feel like they have to fight their way through a tournament in order to reach the prize. We make a mistake and then assume that we can’t advance.

But God tells us that we all have made mistakes, and that none of us deserve to be tournament champs on our own merits or efforts.

Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” So, does that make victory impossible? Absolutely not! Because in the very next verse, we are told that we are deemed victors and champions “freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

So, during March Madness, let’s remember that our victory was won at the cross of Christ.

Scott Sanford