If you know me for some time, you probably know how much I enjoy watching motorsports, particularly car racing.
If you know anything about car racing, you probably know about the Indy 500.
This story is related to the 105th edition of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” held in 2021.
The race was scheduled for Sunday afternoon and I had more important things to do at that time (yes, there are things that are more important than watching Indy 500), so I programmed the DVR to record it, so I could watch it later.
When the race was over (some 3 hours after the “Ladies and Gentlemen, Start your Engines”), I was still not back at home, but I immediately started getting texts from friends that thought I would be watching.
They were celebrating that Helio Castroneves, a Brazilian driver, had won the race for the 4th time, tying the record of the biggest names in the long history of that race (yes, he is the guy from Dancing with the Stars).
While I had not planned to find out the result before watching the replay, I was very happy to hear about the result.
Later, when I eventually sat down to watch it, I could do it in a much more relaxed way, because even if my favorite driver was running in 15th place, I knew he was going to win. It was very fun to just wonder how that would happen (and not “if” it would happen).
Wouldn’t it be interesting if in life we knew how things are going to end?
If in the midst of the difficult moments of our lives, when things are not going our way, we could be sure that at the end we were going to have victory…
Well, we can have exactly that assurance.
Several Sundays ago, when I had the opportunity to present the message in church, I used a portion of the letter Paul wrote to his friends in Philippi, where he is talking about Jesus Christ:
“God has highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
While the last part of that (about every knee bowing and every tongue confessing He is Lord) has not happened yet, we know it will.
Like the hundreds of prophecies that were fulfilled when Jesus came as a man, to live here, to die for our sins and be raised again, this will as well.
There will be a day when everyone will recognize that Jesus is Lord. It will be inevitable when we all see His glory.
It will be a great day for those that have already understood that He is Lord.
Victory is certain.