The Winter Olympic will soon begin.  Athletes from all over the world will gather to compete in a variety of winter sports to crown a champion in each category.  I enjoy watching the Olympics.  There is something inspiring about knowing that these men and women have trained and sacrificed in order to compete at the top level of their sport.  It is very easy to get caught up in their stories of overcoming adversity and cheer for the underdog.  But no matter who stands on the center platform at the end of the event, no matter which country takes home the most gold medals in the end, they will still only be the best in a very narrow category.  Take for instance the Jamaican bobsled team, if they were to win gold, everyone would talk about it.  But what does that mean?  It means they are the best at taking a sled down an ice track at high speeds.  That is great all in all, but it is still a very small category.  Colossians 1:17-18 says, “And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.”  That in everything he might be the best.  We will soon be talking about the greatness of human athletes and that is fine, but remember there is one who is the preeminent one in everything and his name is Jesus Christ.  He deserves all praise, glory and honor.  The best holds all things together, the best is the head of the church, the best has risen from the dead and has purchased your redemption by his own blood.  That is something to cheer about.  That is something to talk about!

-Pastor Corey Mitchell

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