This weekend is the NBA All Star game. As a big time basketball fan, I will tune in with my son and watch the game with great interest. Though much of this contest is non-competitive, the immense talents of basketball’s best will be on display that night.
One thing I don’t want to miss while watching the All Star game is the introduction of the players before the game. Today, most all NBA games have elaborate WWE style intros of the home team . . . but the All Star intros always seem to take it to a new level. I will never forget Shaq’s intro back in 2009 with the Jabbawockeez (see below).
I was thinking about this style of grandiose entrance today as I reflected upon Jesus’ intro for His public ministry. In many ways, Jesus’ entry was understated and low key: taking place in the Judean wilderness, surrounded by sinners, in a river. However, there were others things that transpired at Jesus’ intro that modern pyrotechnics and production could never touch: God speaking from heaven, the Spirit of God descending in a visible way, and the Son of God Himself inviting His cousin to lead Him through a powerful symbol.
This Sunday at Wildwood Community Church we will look at Jesus’ intro to His public ministry by looking at Matthew 3:13-17. I look forward to seeing each of you in our 8:30, 9:45, or 11:00 worship service!