Summary: In football the goal is to win. At Jesus’s transfiguration, the final play was called in Jesus’ ministry so that we could all win.

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“Football and Mountaintops” ~ Soup-er Bowl Sunday

Matthew 17:1-9

(quotes taken from the NKJV unless noted)

Wakelee Church ~ February 6, 2005

Note: Every time the word football was said during this service, it was the congregation’s cue to toss around Nerf footballs provided by the pastor.

Theme: In football the goal is to win. At Jesus’ transfiguration, the final play was called in Jesus’ ministry, so that we all could win.

Introduction – Pep-rallies

I enjoy a good pep-rally! Back in my high school days, we’d meet at the largest parking lot in town, which just happened to be the livestock auction, and have a huge bonfire. There would always be someone yelling through a megaphone and the crowd would roar whenever given the right cue from the speaker.

The event was always a success. Ravenna’s team mascot was the bulldog and our colors were blue and white. So there’d be people carrying banners, people wearing their blue and white outfits, and of course the *** FOOTBALL *** team would be there.

No one walked away from these events saying, “This was a dud, that it did nothing for me.” In fact, even though the players speeches weren’t all that inspiring, most everyone walked away knowing that we’d done our part by showing our support.

Pep rallies work because people who attend are not looking for what they can get out of it, they are there to be a part of it…there’s a purpose…appreciating and supporting the team..everyone understands why they are there.

Just before Jesus took Peter, James, and John upon the high mountain, which was probably Mount Hermon, which rises 9400 feet above see level, Jesus gave all the disciples a pep-rally.

After telling them about taking up their cross in order to follow, he tells them in vs. 27, “For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.”

For the disciples, this was good news. For Peter, James, and John, it was the pep rally before the big play, which centered on the cross of Calvary and the empty tomb.

I – Jesus picked a team that could handle the assignment. (vs. 1)

It’s interesting to note who Jesus took with him to get this final leg of his ministry started. Peter, James and John (three of the four disciples first picked by Jesus) were now called upon to witness the inner-workings of the head office. It changed their lives forever.

It reminds me of the coin toss. Before most *** FOOTBALL *** games there is a coin toss to decided which team will kick off first. Normally, the visiting team gets to choose heads or tails, and if they win they can either receive the ball first, or kick the ball first. Nine times out of ten, the winner of the coin toss chooses to receive.

For Peter, James, and John, they had an opportunity to be in the game in a special way. Instead of kicking the responsibility off, they decided to receive. It is no coincidence that our Bibles have chapters that these men wrote.

Jesus picked a team that could handle the assignment…

II – Jesus knew the importance of the huddle. (vs. 2-4)

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