Message From Matt | May 18

The Real Dream Team!

During the 1992 summer Olympics, the world witnessed the greatest basketball team to ever set foot on a basketball court nicknamed the “Dream Team”!  This team was the first group of professionals allowed to play in the Olympics and our country sent our best to compete.  Our team consisted of  Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, David Robinson, 5 other top NBA players and 1 college player.  This team was UNSTOPPABLE!!!  They dominated every team with the average margin of victory in the 8 games that they played being 44 points.  The other teams were no match for this team and there are several stories about how the opposing players were in such awe of just being on the floor with these great players that winning wasn’t even in their plans.  One player, while trying to guard Magic Johnson, was actually caught waving to a teammate on the bench who had a camera ready to take a picture of the two together on the court.  

As a basketball fan I was “into” this team!  I watched the games! I bought the t-shirt!  I got motivated to play basketball better than I did before and I had great pride in the fact that my country had the greatest players in the world!  These guys were so good that they energized the basketball world.  They had great skills that were honed by thousands of hours of hard work to become some of the greatest individual players ever.  Their basketball greatness as a team was off the charts and they could shoot, dunk, pass and play better than any team…after all, they were the Dream Team!

The ability to score points made them the greatest basketball team ever, but there was a limit to their greatness!  While they did give us good entertainment for a few weeks in ‘92, they really didn’t do anything to make our lives better!  They didn’t pay our bills or fix our messes.  They didn’t give us hope in our hopeless situations!  They didn’t die for us because there was no other way of salvation!  They just played great basketball!  

To be fair, these guys couldn’t have done all these things for us even if they wanted to.  Besides, that was already taken care of a couple of thousand  years earlier.  The real Dream Team, as we all know, can be found throughout the Bible.  The Father, who loves us!  The Son, who died for us!  The Spirit, who dwells in us!  They have done everything for us and they really are the greatest!  

But this team is not resting on what they’ve already done but are still acting on our behalf.  Look what Romans 8:26 says about the Holy Spirit, “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself taketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered.”  Romans 8:34 says about Jesus, “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” 
Did you catch that?  The Holy Spirt and Jesus Christ are talking to the Father on your behalf!!!  I guarantee that Bird, Johnson and Jordan are not speaking to God on your behalf, but the greatest to ever walk on the earth is – how cool is that??  It is because of What Christ did (on the cross) and what the Holy Spirit did (in the tomb) that we have any hope in this life!  For them to continue on with us and for us should “blow you away” with how good God is to you!  

Today, know that you are not alone in your daily life!  Know that you have a dream team, the real Dream Team, that is on your side!  Because of Christ, you are more than a conqueror!  Because of the Holy Spirit, you know that once you die you will be with the Lord!  Because God loved you first, you have reasons to live!  Don’t worry today – you have a team of intercessors working on your behalf!

See you Sunday
Matt Roller
P.S. Read Romans 8 if you get a chance between now and Sunday morning!