Advent season is in full swing; this is the week of “Preparation.” As we approach Christmas Day, a lot of us enter into a cycle of preparing for and partaking in celebrations of the upcoming remembrance of Christ’s birth. Whether it’s caroling, gift-shopping, advent readings, getting out the old Christmas records (anyone remember records?), or watching the seasonal ESPN highlights, everyone has their favorite holiday traditions. For NBA fans, Christmas Day promises an exciting five-game showcase, beginning with a Finals rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.
The Cavaliers are preparing for the Christmas Day game against this season’s defending—and undefeated—champs from Golden State. Although they feel the heavy losses of their All Star point guard Kyrie Irving and their important swingman Iman Shumpert having missed the entire season thus far, the Cavs are still leading the East division and pose a threat to the Warriors on Christmas Day and beyond, if the two teams meet again in the NBA Finals this June.
In the midst of preparing for a game that every NBA fan has circled on the calendar, LeBron James said something, intentional or not, that brought us all back to the true reason for anticipating December 25th—the birth of Jesus Christ and the anticipation of His return. James was asked about the return of Irving and Shumpert and this is what he said:
“When you get your guys back, you prepare just as you’ve prepared before. There’s only one guy ever in the world,” says LeBron, “who makes everything all right when He comes back, and that’s Jesus Christ. Other than that, you can’t bank on anybody being OK.”
Bringing back Irving and Shumpert for the big game is a huge priority for the Cavs, but LeBron apparently has no illusions about the importance of his teammates’ return compared to the things of eternity.
This season, as we anticipate the remembrance of the birth of Christ, let’s also look forward to His coming return and the hope we have in Him.
“Our citizenship is in Heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord, Jesus Christ.” —Philippians 3:20
Watch LeBron share his hope in the locker room: