Every November, fans all around the nation are hopeful to see what their favorite college basketball team will do. We go through the highs and the lows of the regular season, but all of us are really just waiting for March Madness. March was always the time when my elementary school would broadcast the games on their TV’s all-day long. March is the time where people at work stream games on their computers and phones. We love March Madness, and one of the main reasons is the upsets.
The Year of Upsets
Whether it was UMBC making history by beating number one seeded Virginia, Loyola Chicago making a Cinderella run, or my favorite, Texas A&M upsetting Carolina, this year has been the year of upsets in the tournament. I know this all too well because I had Virginia as the champion in my bracket. However, I would trade a successful bracket for a bunch of upsets any year. There is something about upsets that make this month of basketball true madness.
Take UMBC for instance. Before the game, hardly anyone knew who they were or gave them a shot. Their Twitter account even gained 35,000 followers in one night. Virginia was the number one overall seed, having only lost two games the entire year. Regardless of what seemed to be true, UMBC came out that night and beat down Virginia, putting the entire nation in shock. There is something about upsets that we love and long for.
The Greatest Upset of All Time
Upsets aren’t unique to sports. There is a reason that we have movies coming out nearly every year about someone overcoming all odds in their life. Upset stories inspire and move us. But there is one upset story that marks the center of history. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ was born to a poor family in the small town of Bethlehem.
This wasn’t the Messiah that Israel thought they were waiting for. They believed that the Messiah was going to be someone with political power. However, Jesus was born in a low social class and defied basically every expectation that the people of Israel had. He didn’t come in power and with brute force. Philippians 2 says this about Jesus:
[T]hough he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phil. 2:6-8)
That is the opposite of what the nation of Israel was expecting.
This is why Jesus defeating sin and death is the greatest upset of all time. Think about it. There was a reason that all of his disciples were distraught after his death. There was a reason that Thomas didn’t believe that Jesus had resurrected from the dead until he saw the holes in his hands. There is a reason that we’re still celebrating the resurrection thousands of years later. People don’t just rise from the dead.
Imagine you went to a friend’s funeral on Friday; then next week they came and sat down next to you in Starbucks. You’d be astonished because people don’t just come back to life. However, that’s exactly what Jesus did. Death couldn’t hold him. In his resurrection, Jesus pulled off the greatest upset of all time by defeating sin and death and giving us new life.
Join Us for Easter
This upcoming weekend we are having nine different services across our three campuses. I want to invite you to come join us on Thursday, Saturday, or Sunday as we celebrate our resurrected King!
-Patrick A. (College Team)