Will there be a Super Bowl in heaven?
Will there be a Super Bowl in heaven? Maybe. But it certainly won’t be sponsored by Doritos and Pepsi and Monster.com with their $2.6 million per thirty second TV ads! And it won’t be a showdown between the beasts of the wild (as in bears and colts). In fact, it won’t be a showdown at all, since heaven doesn’t live by the winner-take-all philosophy of our earthy sports. Which means God never sits at the fifty-yard line, cheering a team on to win, knowing that by those cheers he de facto is hoping the other team will lose. None of the above! Yes, for the sake of you Floridians, we might be willing to admit that heaven will be closer to Miami in clime than Berrien Springs right about now (though Miami is no heaven, if prime time television is any proof). So will heaven host a Super Bowl? I love the ancient prophet’s visionary snap shot of what will surely be that electric moment in heaven’s very crowded stadium: “’And it shall come to pass that from one Sabbath to another, all flesh shall come to worship before Me,’ says the LORD” (Isaiah 66:23). There it is—a Super Sabbath Bowl every single seventh day of the week on the new earth! Forget the half-time show, for heaven’s Super Bowl will be a non-stop “tetraphonic” performance of worship music that can only be described as “divine.” And not just the choir in the middle of the stadium—the entire crystal palace will erupt with the shouts and songs of praise from the billions of redeemed earth children gathered about God’s throne! Tickets for tomorrow’s event in Miami have a face value of $900 apiece—but many are fetching from $3,000 to $5,000 (and I’m sure even more) for those desperate enough to be on the inside of the festivities. How much will your ticket to heaven’s Super Bowl cost? Nothing. And everything. Because Mercy emptied heaven’s crimson treasury at the cross to save the likes of you and me, that means our “free” tickets have already been bought and are being held at the “will call” window at heaven’s gate. But though it costs you nothing, it will cost you everything: “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34 NLT). Jesus’ price of heaven too high for you? If they’re willing to pay $5,000 for four hours of grunting glory in Miami, is there really any price too high for an eternity on the winning team with the God who still calls you his friend?