If you ask me, this is the greatest day of the year. Forget Christmas. Forget my birthday. Forget my anniversary (sorry, honey). Forget my children’s birthdays (sorry, guys). Give me the first day of the NCAA tournament!
I have always loved this day. When I was preaching full-time, I always tried to have everything finished by this afternoon so I could sit in front of the television and watch basketball. Right now, I’m watching Duke and UNC Wilmington (any team playing Duke is a friend of mine), and I’ll watch as many games as I can throughout the tournament.
As I wrote the other day, I’m a major Kentucky fan. You see, I was raised just outside of Lexington, and Kentucky basketball is king. As far back as I can remember, my family watched Kentucky basketball. I remember Dad putting on headphones and listening to Cawood Ledford on the radio while he watched the game on TV. Mom and Dad took us to a Blue and White Game when I was just a little tyke. Being a Kentucky boy, basketball has already been my favorite sport.
As much as I look forward to this day all year long, there is a greater day which is coming. A day when Jesus shall come in shouts of glory. A day when all the dead in Christ shall rise to life eternal. A day when we shall meet the Lord in the air. A day when God shall wipe away all tears. A day when we shall hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” A day when we shall wear the crown of life. A day when we shall see God face to face.
On that Great Day, my aches and pains will be no more. I’ll see loved ones who died in Christ. I’ll be with the saints of all the ages. I’ll never know temptation or sin again. I’ll never see death again. I’ll know everything made perfect in the New Jerusalem.
That’s the real Great Day! It will come in God’s own time. Together, let us look for that day! “ Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn!” (2 Peter 3:11-12)