Some said it would never happen but it did!
In this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the unexpected happened. A sixteen seeded team beat a top seed. For you non-basketball readers, that’s like the proverbial bumblebee who supposedly cannot fly, surprises everyone and does anyway!
Not only that, the loss came at the hands of who most experts believed was the best team in the tournament. The Virginia Cavaliers with a near perfect record of 31-2 went down to UMBC – that stands for “University of Maryland of Baltimore County.” (I know, I’d never heard of them either.)
I guess that’s why we call it March Madness. A seemingly impossible thing happens when no one is expecting it.
The bible declares that it’ll happen again. A seemingly impossible thing that is.
When Jesus returns, very few will be expecting it. Matthew 25 chronicles the story of the ten virgins and the bible tells us that half of those who claim to believe in Him won’t be ready when it happens. Check it out:
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
“‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
“Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
“But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” Matthew 25: 1-13
I love the song on Life 101.9 from the band Passion. It’s the cry of the Church today!
There are those that believe that the return of Jesus is a fable. Some say it will never happen. They see the Church as the underdog going up against the status quo “giant.”
But as we learned this year, the underdogs win when no one is expecting it!
Just ask UMBC.
Something to think about.