December 14th, 2017 — Devote

I don’t watch a whole lot of sports on the TV. Sometime ago I just kind of lost interest. I don’t mind watching an inning or two of baseball. I don’t even mind watching some football. But it’s pretty rare for me to watch a whole game. I don’t watch hockey or basketball either. Sometimes I’d rather watch college athletics rather than professionals. They seem to have a bit more determination. Maybe my attention span just isn’t that long anymore.

One of the things I always thought was so interesting, was when a football team wasn’t able to run their next play, because the fans in the stands were cheering too loud, and the team couldn’t even hear their own quarterback bark out the signals. They either had to take a time out, or get penalized for delay of game or a false start. I remember a couple of times, way back in the day, when the referee felt bad for them and stopped the play clock. (I don’t think that happens anymore!)

The TV crew would even put a little meter up on the TV screen, so we could see just how many decibels were being put out by the crowd and just how deafening it really was down on the playing field. They made it seem as if the noise was overwhelming, of which it probably was.

That came to my mind as I was reading my Bible today. But as I was reading all I could think of was what was going to happen to that little noise meter when this takes place…
“As I looked, I heard the voices of a lot of angels around the throne and the voices of the living creatures and of the elders. There were millions and millions of them, and they were saying in a loud voice, ‘The Lamb who was killed is worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and praise.’ Then I heard all beings in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and in the sea offer praise.” Revelation 5:11-13a CEV

Can you imagine the noise level millions upon millions can make. The largest football stadium in the U.S. is found at the University of Michigan. But they can only seat 109,901. And all those in that stadium are not cheering for the same team. But there will be a day when those in heaven… those on earth… those under the earth… and those in the sea will all proclaim the glory of the Lamb of God – Jesus! They will all be cheering for One and Only One!

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Christmas is coming. The angels started their cheering the night our Savior was born. The shepherds witnessed their symphony. This year, don’t let them sing alone. Join in the with angelic chorus. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord all the earth.

I lift my voice to praise Your name. Come, Lord Jesus, come. In Your name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen