Today, all eyes were on Super Bowl LVIII. Aside from the hoopla surrounding Taylor Swift and her travel from Tokyo to be at the big game in Las Vegas this evening, the Kansas City Chiefs were appearing tonight with the chance to win back to back Super Bowl titles. In fact, Travis Kelce and many others on the team have already won two Super Bowls and were hopeful of adding another ring this evening.
While the game started out a little slow for KC, they came to life in the second half and in overtime, they eventually defeated the San Fransisco 49er’s and became the first team in 20 years to win back to back titles.
In their last game, Mahomes and Kelce teamed up together to break the all time reception record in post season play and this has started the media speculating as to whether they are the best ever quarterback/receiver team.
Initial comparisons to Tom Brady and his favorite Gronkowski started to surface and the Mahomes/Kelce pairing has already started to overtake and create new benchmarks in several categories. But tonight was about more than passing/reception records. It was about winning Super Bowl titles. Even the commentators were discussing various records and providing background on both teams. In any event, when the KC Chiefs won in overtime, talk immediately started about whether or not they were a dynasty.
Mahomes, their quarterback, said that they “were the beginning of a dynasty” because they had a very young team. He has already won three Super Bowls now and is after Tom Brady and the New England Patriots unparalleled success.
The word dynasty is one to be careful of. Biblically, there were many leaders who thought that they were creating dynasties but these manmade kingdoms were not to be. King Nebuchadnezzar, of Babylon, thought that his kingdom was going to last forever. However, Darius eventually brought down the empire by a cunning and daring move to re-route the Euphrates River and then actually march into the city under the wall that was built to protect the city. This happened after descendants of Nebuchadnezzar were on the throne for a limited time.
Eventually, Cyrus became king and the downfall of Babylon was complete. All this can be found in the Old Testament book of Daniel. The Bible is full of stories about supposed dynasties but pride and human behavior brought each of these world powers to their knees.
In fact, there is really only one dynasty that God says will last forever – the kingdom of Jesus Christ who will reign forever and ever. Tonight’s verse comes from the author of the book of Hebrews. He tells us, in Hebrews 1:8, “But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom.” So God says that the kingdom of Jesus will be eternal – now that is a dynasty!
My encouragement this evening is that we can be assured that Jesus will head up the only eternal dynasty and we are to be a part of it. My prayer is that we will all become more like Christ as we mature in our faith and since we are co-heirs with Him, we will be with Him throughout all eternity. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…