The Thrill of Victory or the Agony of Defeat
Along with his assistant coaches, the Head Coach was responsible for plotting a game plan that they would teach to the team. But plotting the game plan sometimes gets hit by a truck, a figure of speech for things happening when you don’t expect them. Jesus being the ultimate Head Coach, controlled his mind, dealt with the situation, and kept putting the game plan together and teaching the team. The issue of blood thing is a great example (Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:22-43, Luke 8:41-56)
When believers are confronted with things we don’t expect, how we deal with them determines the outcome, positive or negative. We have the same ability to deal with these situations as the head coach because we have his mind, called the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Philippians 2:5,4:8,1 Peter 4:1)
How Jesus taught his coaches and players (part 2)
1 – When the Head Coach negotiated his coach’s contracts, it wasn’t just for a specific number of years but was a lifetime commitment (Mark 3:14, Luke 6:13-16). And he wasn’t a piker when it came to paying them; this was a “fishy contract” (Luke 5:1-11). He also gave his coaching staff a nickname calling them Boanerges, meaning sons of thunder (Mark 3:17). This coaching staff did stay together for a few years; then, they quit their Head coach (Acts 1:12-26, 6:1-6, 15:1- bye-bye)
2 – His greatest teaching session came when he broke bread with his staff, but the big game was one for the ages the night before. History recorded it, and it was branded the last supper. It ended with all the staff kissing his butt, but the he knew they would all forsake him, taking other jobs (Matthew 26:20-46, Mark 14:17-42, Luke 22:14-46, John 6:66-71,13:1-38)
3 – Mankind’s greatest pep talk before Jesus’ last game as Head Coach (John 14:1-17:26)
4 – One of the his coaching staff, Judas was instrumental in the Head Coach being killed after the big game (Matthew 26:14-16, 21-25,46-50, Mark 14:10,11,17-21,42-46, Luke 22:1-6,17-23, 47, 48, John 13:2, 21-30,18:1-5,1 Corinthians 11:23). After he betrayed the him for 30 pieces of silver, he had second thoughts and tried to return the money, and maybe he thought they would stop the execution of the him if he did. Well, that didn’t work; they executed the Head Coach anyway. After the resurrection of the Head Coach, Judas decided to commit suicide; ironically, the Head Coach would have forgiven him (Matthew 27:3-10, Acts 1:16-25). Another interesting side note, it was known by the coaching staff that Judas would betray the him but did nothing to stop him, including the Head Coach (Matthew 10:4, 17:22, 26:2, Mark 3:19, Luke 6:16, John 6:70,71,12:4,21:20-23)
5 – One of the assistant coaches didn’t buy into the Head Coach’s philosophy of how to coach the team, and yes, his name just happened to be Thomas, which I guess is where we get the term “doubting Thomas” (John 11:16,14:1-7,20:24-31,21:1,2)
Stay tuned for the head coach as the master recruiter and how he recruited with the intensity of truth
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