Super Bowl Sunday – Hope versus Reality

Super Bowl Sunday is an interesting American phenomenon. More people watch the Super Bowl on television than any other program in history. Almost as many women watch the Super Bowl as men. One 30-second commercial aired during the Super Bowl will cost a company about $5 million (I think some companies overpaid for their commercials).

The event is the second-highest day of food consumption after Thanksgiving. Approximately 100 million pounds of guacamole will be served and eaten by fans (was there guacamole where you watched the game?). About 14,500 tons of chips are eaten along with the guacamole.

Most people gather around a television set hoping for a great game. Viewers want to see something really exciting like a last minute touchdown to win the game or a game saving interception with no time on the clock (sorry, Seahawk fans, of which I am one). That’s the hope.

Unfortunately, many of the games turn out to be one-sided or an ugly defensive battle like this year (unless you really like great defense). That’s the reality.

Sometimes, hope and reality don’t intersect. We have high hopes for something, then reality sets in and we get disappointed. So what do we do?

Do we lower our expectations, thus pulling in the reins on our hope? Or do we try to raise the level of our reality in order to meet our expected hope?

Hope versus reality.

The disciples had an incredible hope that one day, they would sit at the right hand of Jesus as He ruled His kingdom. They would no longer be fishermen or tax collectors, but prestigious leaders in the Kingdom of Jesus.

Then reality set in as Jesus was arrested, tried, beaten and crucified as a common criminal… a far cry from being a King.

The disparity between their hope and their reality caused them to dwell in no man’s land. On Friday, they found themselves in a spiritual vacuum and a desolate desert. Then came Sunday and the resurrected Christ.

In the resurrection of Jesus, hope met reality. They would, indeed, be a part of a vast Kingdom beyond their wildest imagination. They would become the pillars of that Kingdom. They would become servants of the King of kings and Lord of lords.

That’s what happens when our hope is found in Jesus. No matter what reality seems to say; God has a plan that will never disappoint us.

Something to think about…