One Lord, One Faith, One Heisman

NCAA-Football-Heisman-Trophy-Presentation

 

There is only one Heisman. It is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work. It is presented by the Heisman Trophy Trust in early December before the postseason bowl games.  The Heisman Trophy is seen to be the premier athletic award in all of sports, and the athlete that wins the Heisman is seen to be head and shoulders above his peers in the sport.

Jameis Winston won the 2013 Heisman Trophy cementing himself as the “Best of the Best.”  Winston took college football by storm this season, lifting No. 1-ranked Florida State to its first BCS National Championship Game appearance since 2000. He put himself on the radar with a stunning performance in the Seminoles’ opening victory at Pittsburgh and never stopped, finishing the season with 3,820 passing yards and 38 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Winston completed 67.9 percent of his passes and led the nation in passing efficiency.

“When you watch someone work so hard for something and be so team-oriented it reinforces good things happen to the good guys,” Coach Fisher said. “The trials and tribulations and things he went through, he had to stay strong. It’s the true mark of a man when you have your own individual issues and you never let them get in the way of us reaching our goals as a team.”  What a spiritually profound statement. It was certainly apparent that faith is what carried Jameis Winston to the top of his game.

2013 Heisman Trophy Presentation - Press Conference

There is only one faith. Faith in God who created heaven and earth is shared by most of the people of the world.  The differences between us center on how we worship and Who we worship. But most of the world claims to worship a supreme being, a supernatural person, a divine deity, who is the mastermind behind the creation of the heavens and the earth.  We all worship someone or something, be it an avatar or an angel, a savior or a spirit; we all worship.

Moses won the admiration and allegiance of the children of Israel when God delivered them from the power of Pharaoh, their enemy in Egypt.  David won the respect and reverence of the men of Judah when God delivered them from the tyranny of the Philistines and the taunting of Goliath. Moses and David prefigured One who would soon come to deliver all people from the power, penalty and presence of sin. He came to make his blessings flow, far as the curse is found.   

There is only one Lord.  It follows that “there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (Titus 2:5).  He is the One and only.  He is the beginning and the end, the first and the last, and everything in between.  When asked if he would turn away, Peter boldly replied, “to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.”  Peter also professed that Jesus is “The Christ, the Son of the Living God.”  We believe and are sure that Jesus is Lord of all. And if He is not Lord of all, he is not Lord at all. Paul concurred and gave us this doctrine:

“For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” (1 Corinthians 8:5-6, NIV)

There is only one holiday or Holy Day, like Christmas, which is Christ’s Mass; the Lord’s Supper or Eucharist.  The Mass is “the source and summit of the Christian life”, to which the other sacraments are oriented.  This Advent season, remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. Let us be like the wise men and seek him. Let us be like the shepherds and adore Him.

O come let us adore Him; the One true and living God, Jesus Christ the Lord.

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