Dallas & Corinthians – a Perfect Match

Lebron James.  Dwayne Wade.  Chris Bosh.

The Miami Heat had an offseason to remember as they combined two of the most highly sought after free agents together with one of the best players in the NBA.

The result – the Heatles. The Big Three. Multiple Championships.

All was going as planned until the Heat met Dirk Novitzki and the Dallas Mavericks. In the end, it was the Mavericks who claimed the trophy and put an order in for rings.

The Mavericks did not have the best players, but cumulatively, they were the best team.

Kind of like 2 Corinthians 5. Doesn’t contain the best verse in the Bible, but cumulatively, it may be the best chapter.

There are better, or more flashy verses, out there. You’ve got John 3:16 and the 23rd Psalm. You’ve got the Romans Road and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

But do you have a chapter better than 2 Corinthians 5?

You have an all-time great verse – 2 Corinthians 5:17 – kind of like the Mavericks have an all-time great player. But is 2 Corinthians 5:17 better than the aforementioned verses?

Is Dirk better than Kobe? Lebron? Wade? Durant or Howard? Rose?

It could be debated, but probably not.

Here’s a list of why 2 Corinthians 5 is the best chapter out there, with specific verses tied to specific players:

  • Jason Terry – 5:5 – The Spirit makes a deposit of what is to come, just like Jason Terry and his trophy tattoo (which he got before the season started)
  • Tyson Chandler – 5:7 – We live by faith, not by sight.  There had to be times in Chandler’s career that he was living on faith alone.  Could you imagine playing with five different teams in a six year period – especially when those teams included Charlotte, New Orleans, & Oklahoma City.

  • Shawn Marion – 5:10 – We will all face the judgment seat of Christ when this life is over and at that point we can assess our life, our talents, our treasures, and see how we did.  In the same way, we will have to assess Shawn Marion’s career when his is over.  He doesn’t have the prettiest shot or the smoothest game or the best hops, but he excelled given his talent.

  • Jason Kidd – 5:14 – Jason Kid compels, or wills, his team to victory just as Christ’s love compels us to share his love with others

  • Dirk Novitzki – 5:17 – All-time great verse and all-time great player

  • JJ Barea – 5:20 – JJ Barea – the pride of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.  His home people take great pride in watching him play – as they should since he is their ambassador to the NBA, like we are Christ’s ambassadors here on earth

  • Brian Cardinal – 5:21 – Brian Cardinal, the “Enforcer”.  Dude has two fouls before he ever enters the game, yet he never does anything wrong.  Doesn’t bother him, he just keeps on going about his business – unfazed.  Sounds similar to Christ, who had no sin, but became sin for us.

There are still other verses that could be included – we didn’t even touch on the section about reconciliation (maybe we could write a follow-up using the NFL labor negotiations using that one).

So – do you agree? Is 2 Corinthians 5 the best ever?

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