Last night I watched as Jordyn Wieber found out that she would not be one of the two Americans participating in the Gymnastics All-Around Final Event. Her heart was broken and the rest of America cried with her. She was gracious as she celebrated her friends’ and team mates’ victories but the tears coming from her eyes were painful. She wanted an Olympic Medal for being the Best All-Around Gymnast in the world. This would not be her year.
Being third sometimes is not the best thing in the world to be. Granted the Olympic medals are Gold, Silver, and Bronze with Bronze being third place. However, in this case, third would not be good enough. I went to bed with a heavy heart for Jordyn but happy for the other two Americans, Aly and Gabby. They will compete and will make Jordyn proud.
But this morning when I got up, I couldn’t help but think about what if Jesus would have been in this competition. He’s already a Gold Medal Winner in my book. Would He had cried like Jordyn? I’m not sure but this I do know.
With Him, Third place is where He would want to be.
Third Place is where He’s been.
Back in 33 A.D., Jesus won Third Place but He didn’t receive the Bronze Medal.
“With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left.” (Mark 15:27 NKJV)
But Three days later – Gold Medal!
“And entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a long white robe sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, ‘Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.’” Mark 16:5-6 NKJV
So, coming in Third is not always bad. In Jordyn’s case, pain. In Jesus’s case, pain yet Victory.
Jordyn’s a strong girl. She’s a competitor and will be in full force when she competes with her other team mates for the Gymnastics Team Final Event. Besides, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross, and Jordyn Wieber (The Fab 5) are Americans. They are representing us and we’ll be praying for them as they compete.
Now Girls, go win Gold!