by Roger Thomas

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Last Words before the Big Game (16 of 18)
Series: New Testament Sampler
Roger Thomas
Jude 24-25

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy--to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Introduction: It was half time in the locker room. A lot was on the line in the 1928 game between Army and Notre Dame. It didn't look good for the Fighting Irish. The team had struggled the entire first half. Coach Knute Rockne dug deep for words to turn his team around. He encouraged them. He challenged them. He warned them. He demanded their best. Finally, he paused.

The scene was made famous in the 1940 movie "Knute Rockne--All American" starring Ronald Reagan. Rockne finally breaks the silence. He reminds them of a former player, George Gipp who had recently died. That's the part Reagan played in the film. In the screenplay, the coach quietly tells his team of his last visit to the bedside of Gipp. "And the last thing he said to me, "Rock," he said, "sometime when the team is up against it and the breaks are beating the boys, tell them to go out there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper."

Those words have become the classic example of a final challenge designed to inspire a team as they head into the big game. That's the kind of scene you need to picture as we read the last words of the last book before the Book of Revelation. Revelation is God's last word. It explains in highly picturesque and poetic language the world's last battle. It describes the on-going struggle that leads to God sounding the final buzzer and saying, "Game's over!" Of course, it's not a game. This conflict is for real. Eternity rides in the balance. That's what makes the final words of Jude so important.

I think it is significant the way the Bible is put together. G ...

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