On Thursday night, the college football season will finally get underway. We can stop talking about schools on probation, scandals, eligibility, bar fights, and just get right to the action on the field. The number one team is the Oklahoma Sooners led on offense by Heisman candidate Landry Jones at quarterback. The defending champion Auburn Tigers have to find a way to replace Cam Newton as the SEC tries to win his 6th straight national championship as a conference!
The action begins Thursday on ESPN when UNLV takes on Wisconsin. This marks the debut of QB Russell Wilson as a Badger. Wilson transferred from NC State and he could the missing piece that leads this physical Big Ten team to at least a trip to the Rose Bowl in January.
The one thing for me that makes College Football compelling is the BCS system. Yes, the BCS is flawed and there should be a playoff in my opinion. However, it makes every single game matter and just one loss has the potential to absolutely ruin your chances of winning the title.
Before Jesus came into the world, one sin without Him would lead us to eternal judgment and wrath from our Father. We can’t just say that we had a good season, because one sin ruins all the righteous things we have done for God. Jesus tells that to His disciples in the Gospel: “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34).
It just makes us want to say Thank You Jesus for calling me to be one of your children. With a new season leads into new expectations as well. However, when we become children of God, we become a new creation with our old life no longer in the picture. Paul told that to the people in Corinth who had to put their sinful party lifestyle behind them. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Today, I exhort you to think about that when we feel like we have lost, Jesus picks us back up and that we are all winners once we are born again like Nicodemus was (John 3). The Lord saves us from all our iniquities and we need to realize that if we go to him and confess our sins, He is faithful and will forgive us of all our transgressions.