The Gospel According to Guardiola
Arguably the toughest football league in the world finishes this Sunday. And, unlike the normal drama of the season’s closing weeks, this year's winners have already been crowned.
Manchester City have dominated the Premier League. Since rising to the top of the table on 16 September, no other team has come close to taking the top spot.
In fact City's performance has been so convincing that, when they lifted the trophy last Sunday afternoon, they’d already been champions for three weeks.
Not All Plain Sailing
Winning football's toughest league a month before it’s over is no mean feat. But City's campaign wasn't all plain sailing.
Whether it was striker Sergio Aguero breaking his rib in September or derby defeat to Manchester United in April, there have been moments where City's supremacy seemed to be waning.
But regardless of the result of City's final games, the fact remains. They’ve won the Premier League. And they won it well before the competition is over.
And as Christians, our situation is the same.
Our season isn't over. Neither is our suffering. But, although Christ is yet to return, the title has already been won.
On the cross Christ dealt death its decisive blow (Hebrews 2:14-15). He’s now sat on his throne with glory and honour (Hebrews 2:8).
And this means that the victory of God's people is so certain we can say it’s already happened (Romans 8:30).
Now, that's not to say we should stop competing for Christ in our hearts, our homes and our communities. Man City will try and play their best in their final match on Sunday.
Indeed, they’ll do so because they’re champions.
So no matter how things go, remeber that “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).