When Jesus was walking on the earth, he was considered to be the ‘Son of David’. The significance of the phrase highlights and characterizes the “the anointed one”. In this post I want to try to explain how I see this characterization and how it reveals the mindset of all Christians and pointedly, Christian Athletic Coaches.
To explain it my best, I have to put side by side the relationship between David & Solomon and God the Father & God the Son. I know it sounds extra theologicheezy but stick with me.
So concerning the Son of David, in the old testament when King David dies he leaves his Son Solomon on the throne. What is Solomon famously known for? He’s known for wisdom and for building the Temple. What was David known for?(at least for this post) He was known for allowing his Son to build that temple by making sure there won’t be any enemy around to stop his Son. [see 1 Kings 5:3-5]
If I were to use these characterizations to explain Jesus how would I? Let’s do it with scriptures. 2 Corinthians 5:19 says that “….God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself….”. This was done by destroying the strength of His enemies.
This to me explains one dialogue in the gospel that is kind of strange – the conversation on the mountain of Gethsemane. Jesus was praying to not have to suffer on the cross but he submits saying, “not my will but yours be done.” What’s the will of the Father? According to the characterization of David – to destroy the enemy. What was the will of Christ then? To build his house.
The only way for God to destroy the enemy He needed the submission of His Son to go to the Cross. Because Jesus’ real passion was to build the Temple, he had to depress his ideals for a while and go through the process. In Hebrews 12:2 it says that it was the joy that was set before Jesus that allowed him to endure the cross.
What was the joy? I argue that it is building His House.
What does this have to do with sports?
Just like Jesus, when we have accepted him in our lives, we must say not our will but yours be done. We have to submit to the “building” of the temple (ourselves & the people around us). Sometimes we want finish products as coaches…of course this would be most comfortable. But developing ourselves & others is our calling. Not only skill but character. In fact in order to become real champions we all need to go through the process of submission toward character.
I find amazing that Coach Dale Brown, the well renowned LSU’s basketball coach spanning three decades, when he retired, still felt that he could have done more. The point? You never “reach”…you have to have the mindset of consistent growth and process. Just like the way you must approach your life as a Christian. At least Coach Brown can say that he did everything he knew to do while he coached his sport….he did his BEST! And he still “coaches” his players in life.
Can you honestly say that you are on that same path? I hope so!