Aaron Summers

Busted Brackets to Broken Hearts

In Jesus, Life and Culture, Sin on March 24, 2014 at 7:29 am

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If you haven’t heard, Warren Buffet through Quicken Loans put up $1 Billion to anyone who could produce a perfect bracket through this year’s NCAA Men’s Tournament.  Like millions of others, I submitted mine.  I make no claims of being good at this, but Dayton and Mercer tripped me up and apparently millions of others in the process.  After two days and 32 games, only 1 bracket was left and that one broke down after Dayton, again, won the upset!  Officially, there are no more perfect brackets left.

This exercise in futility is a lot of fun, but what if your life was held in the balance?  What if your eternal future were on the line?

If you live an absolutely perfect life according to the moral and ethical code of Scripture, then you have no need for salvation through Jesus Christ.  However,

As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous— not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”

From busted brackets to broken hearts, no one will be left standing in perfection.  Every one of us who produced and submitted a bracket went back to normal life today.  Every one who has ever made one mistake is out of the tournament. But praise be to God that,

But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago.  We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.  Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.  For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.

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